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Periodontal Disease

The word periodontal means “around the tooth”.  Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth.  Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva.  If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar).  When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone.  Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.

Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it!  Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.

Not only is it the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy.  Researchers are determining if inflammation and bacteria associated with periodontal disease affects these systemic diseases and conditions.  Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease.

Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.

Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:

  • Bleeding gums – Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss.
  • Loose teeth – Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
  • New spacing between teeth – Caused by bone loss.
  • Persistent bad breath – Caused by bacteria in the mouth.
  • Pus around the teeth and gums – Sign that there is an infection present.
  • Receding gums – Loss of gum around a tooth.
  • Red and puffy gums – Gums should never be red or swollen.
  • Tenderness or Discomfort – Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.

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I had to change dentists after mine retired. Dr Saxon was referred by my dentist. I went in this morning with what I thought was a broken filling. They made my appointment the very next day after I called. Turned out I needed a crown. My nerve is extremely hard to get numb. Dr. Saxon was so perfect in handling the numbing process. I have had bad experiences in the past were I was extremely sore for several days following numbing injections. Not so today! Dr. Saxon called me this evening to check in and see how I was doing. First time ever from a Dentist. Was I dissapointed to need a crown, yes, but Dr. Saxon and his assistant walked me through the process. I left with no questions. The crown is being custom made to fit my tooth and a color guide was presented to ensure the crown matches my tooth color. This is the first time for me to change dentists in 15 years. I feel blessed to have found a fabulous dentist that seems to genuinely care for his patients. Not once did I feel like Dr. Saxon was rushing to finish so he could go to another patient. Thank you Dr. Saxon!

Toni G.

All the staff is well prepared for the duties they perform starting at the front desk until I leave. I've always been treated professionally by everyone. I gladly recommend this office to my friends. Keep up the good work!

B. Holman

My insurance listed Saxon Dental as in network. I hadn't been there before but I made an appointment and went today. Talk about a wonderful experience. The very best dental practice I've ever been to. As a new patient they give you a gift, they give you a complete tour of the facility and meet everyone. You are treated like a real person; they make you feel welcome and appreciate you being there. I can't even begin to say how great they are.

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