514 West Main St. Norwich, CT 06360
860-889-5166
(Phone) 860-887-8254 (Fax)

24 Hour Emergency Phone Service

514 West Main St.
Norwich, CT 06360
860-889-5166 Phone
860-887-8254 Fax

Office Hours

Monday 8:00-5:00pm
Tuesday 8:00-5:00pm
Wednesday 8:00-5:00pm
Thursday 8:00-8:00pm
Friday 8:00-5:00pm
Saturday 8:00-1:00pm
Sunday Closed

 

        

Dr. Demetrios Petropoulos

Dr. Edgar A. Heil

 

 

     

Regular Dental Visits

 

Floss Daily

 

Brush with Fluoride Toothpaste at Least 2 Times a Day

 

Limit Snacks to 2 Times a Day

             
     

No Soda

 

Limit Juice To Once Day with Meals Only

 

Water Only To Sleep

 

Limit Sweets to Once a Day

             
     

Water Only To Sleep

 

Limit Sweets to Once a Day

 

Brush with Fluoride Toothpaste at Least 2 Times a Day

 

Use Mouthwash

 

Gingivitis is the medical term for early gum disease, or periodontal disease. In general, gum disease can be caused by long-term exposure to plaque, the sticky but colorless film on teeth that forms after eating or sleeping.

Gum disease originates in the gums, where infections form from harmful bacteria and other materials left behind from eating. Early warning signs include chronic bad breath, tender or painful swollen gums and minor bleeding after brushing or flossing. In many cases, however, gingivitis can go unnoticed. The infections can eventually cause the gums to separate from the teeth, creating even greater opportunities for infection and decay.

Although gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults, in many cases it is avoidable.

If gingivitis goes untreated, more serious problems such as abscesses, bone loss or periodontitis can occur.

Periodontitis is treated in a number of ways. One method, called root planing, involved cleaning and scraping below the gum line to smooth the roots. If effective, this procedure helps the gums reattach themselves to the tooth structure.  However, not all instances of scaling and root planing successfully reattach the tooth to the gums.  Additional measures may be needed if the periodontal pockets persist after scaling and root planing

Pregnancy has also been known to cause a form of gingivitis. This has been linked to hormonal changes in the woman's body that promote plaque production.


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