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The Maryland Center for Dental Wellness | Periodontal (gum) disease in Bethesda


The Maryland Center for
Dental Wellness

 "Exceptional Dentistry in a Caring Environment"

Conveniently located across from National
Institutes of Health

Stanley T. Dorrow, DDS
9010 Old Georgetown Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 564-1542
Fax: (301) 530- 3293
Email: drdorrow@verizon.net

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Periodontal (gum) disease

Periodontal (gum) disease is insidious. It is an infection of the gums that starts out as plaque, an opaque film on the teeth that hardens to form tartar. As tartar accumulates, it harbors bacteria that attack the gums around the teeth. This is the early stage of gum disease known as gingivitis. Left untreated, gingivitis becomes periodontitis which ultimately destroys the bone that holds your teeth in place. Except for bad breath and gums that bleed, there are very few early warning signals. The disease advances silently, often without pain, and before you know it, you are losing your teeth and you don't know why.

Tooth loss is only the most obvious indicator of gum disease. Scientific research has discovered linkage between gum disease and stroke, heart disease, diabetes - even an increased risk for pregnant women. When your gums become diseased, your entire immune system is weakened.

Bethesda Dentist | Periodontal (gum) disease. Stanley Dorrow is a Bethesda Dentist.