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Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Dr. Andrew Maples and Dr. Brian Maples would like to provide you with access to dental-related information that could prove useful to all patients when they are deciding what dental treatment option is best for their particular wants and needs.  Please use our dental library and links below to learn more about dental problems, treatments available, and post operative management. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.  We would be more than happy to speak with you on the phone to answer any questions or concerns you might have regarding your dental health and treatment options.  Please feel free to call us at anytime - (904)731-0311.

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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.


Jacksonville, FL Dental Office
Advanced Dental Services
9109 Baymeadows Road, Suite 4
Jacksonville, FL 32256
(904)731-0311