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Posts for: May, 2020

By Finksburg Dental Associates
May 22, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

Are your gums sensitive? Do they bleed while brushing and flossing? You could be suffering from gum disease. Dr. Jan Katzen, Dr. Lisa Patel, or Dr. So Jung of Finksburg Dental Associates in Finksburg, MD, provide patients with the necessary care to prevent gum disease.

More About Gum Disease

Gum disease (gingivitis) is a medical condition caused by long-term exposure to plaque, sticky colorless film on teeth, that forms when someone doesn't brush and floss consistently, and/or not having your teeth professionally cleaned. Plaque forms after eating or sleeping and if teeth aren't cleaned, plaque turns to tartar.

Gum disease originates in gums because of harmful bacteria left behind from eating. People experience chronic bad breath, tender or painful swollen gums and minor bleeding after brushing or flossing. If you aren't keeping an eye out for your oral health, gingivitis can go unnoticed and eventually cause gums to separate from teeth. This creates more gaps for further infection and decay.

If you don't take care of this problem as soon as possible, you may suffer from tooth loss, abscesses, bone loss or periodontitis.

What is periodontitis?

Put simply, it is untreated gingivitis. Plaque spreads below the gum line and toxins produced by bacteria irritate and stimulates a chronic inflammatory response. Your Finksburg dentist may even find pockets of bacteria between teeth and as the disease progresses, the pockets deepen and destroy bone.

How to prevent and treat gum disease?

Preventative measures include a healthy oral regimen and regular visits to your dentist. In the case that you do get gum disease, your dentist may treat your gum disease using a technique called root planing. This is when your dentist cleans your tooth by scraping below the gum line to smooth the roots. Gums should be able to reattach themselves to the tooth.

Do you need more information?

Root scaling isn't the only procedure available to treat gum disease and if you'd like to learn more, you should contact your dentist. Dr. Jan Katzen, Dr. Lisa Patel, or Dr. So Jung of Finksburg Dental Associates in Finksburg, MD, are here to help. So, call the office at 410-861-8900 today.

Keeping You Safe 


We have exciting news! Finksburg Dental will be open now for elective procedures starting Monday, May 11th.

We want to reassure you that we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our patients, providers and team members. It is important not to put your oral healthcare needs on hold during this time as neglect could lead to more severe problems in the future. We also have telemedicine options if you prefer a consultation with our doctors from home.

We have implemented rigorous measures and infection control protocols in the office to ensure your safety, including the following:

  • PPE will be worn by all of our providers, including N95 masks, gowns, face shields, and hair covers; masks will be worn by all other team members
  • Office and treatment rooms will be sanitized between appointments and constantly throughout the day
  • Team members and patients’ temperature will be taken before entering the building
  • To reduce face to face interaction, insurance and financial related inquiries, medical history and a COVID 19 screening will be handled before your visit
  • Please call our office if you have an upcoming appointment and are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, or chills
  • Patients will call the office upon arrival and wait in their cars until their appointment time
  • Patients are required to wear a mask upon entering the building
  • Adults accompanying other adults must wait in their car unless their assistance is medically necessary
  • Children under 18 may be accompanied by one parental guardian
  • Please remain 6 feet from any other patient while you are in building and follow social distance markings
  • A peroxyl rinse will be done before every appointment to reduce bacterial and viral counts in the mouth

If you have an appointment that was cancelled, we will be giving you a call this week to reschedule. If you would like to schedule a routine or elective procedure or if you have a dental emergency, please give our office a call at 410-861-8900 so we can get you scheduled. We will help guide you through your appointment and ensure your safety as well as ours. We may look a little different the next time we see you, but we assure you we are still smiling under our masks! We look forward to seeing you!