Question: Is periodontal disease contagious?

Research has shown that periodontal disease is caused by the inflammatory reaction to bacteria under the gums, so periodontal disease technically may not be contagious. However, the bacteria that cause the inflammatory reaction can be spread through saliva. This means that if one of your family members has periodontal disease, it’s a good idea to avoid contact with their saliva by not sharing eating utensils or oral health equipment. If you notice that your spouse or a family member has the warning signs of a possible periodontal problem (bleeding, red and swollen gums, or bad breath) you may want to suggest that they see the periodontist for an exam. It may help to protect the oral health of everyone in the family.

Question: What kind of tooth brush do you recommend?

For a manual brush: soft, rounded tip and nylon bristle. It should be replaced when the bristles become frayed, or at least every 3 months. Keep your toothbrush to yourself. For an electric toothbrush: We recommend the Philips Sonicare. It’s for many conditions, including braces, bridges, crowns and other dental appliances. It’s great for preventing and even reversing gum disease. Get a model that has a 2 – 3 minute timer

How do I know if I have gum disease and how does it affect me?

You may not know without coming in to see us. In early stages, you’ll develop a bad taste in your mouth, bad breath, and gums that bleed when brushing and flossing. If ignored, it could progress and you could lose your teeth. Gum disease has also been linked with heart and stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, Crohn’s disease, premature deliveries, and pre-eclampsia

What is “minimally invasive dentistry”?

Every day, Dr. Jeff Kim of Dr. Kim’s Ultimate Dental Studio in Port Orange, Florida  practices minimally invasive dentistry.  But what does that mean, and how does that change your dental experience?

Minimally Invasive Dentistry means treating a dental problem in the most complete fashion without unnecessarily invading the properties of the tooth (or teeth) involved.  It is being conscious of how much tooth structure is removed and how it will affect the patient long term.

Dr. Kim practices conservative dentistry.  When seeking a dental professional for a proper evaluation and treatment, call Dr. Jeff Kim’s Ultimate Dental Studio Port Orangeat 386- 322-4867 to schedule your appointment.