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Gum Disease

Gum Disease

Gum Disease

Gum disease affects the gum tissue around your teeth. Advanced gum disease is one of the leading reasons why adults lose their teeth, which is why it’s important to treat the disease in its earliest stages. Our goal is to help patients with gum disease get prompt treatment and prevent unnecessary tooth loss.

Signs of Gum Disease
Patients, dental hygienists and our dentist work together to identify the signs of gum disease. Early symptoms of gum disease include swollen, red or tender gums that bleed easily during flossing. As the disease progresses, the gums may pull away from the teeth, exposing more of the tooth’s root. This causes an increase in sensitivity. Bad breath and loose or shifting teeth are signs of advanced gum disease.

Treatment Options for Gum Disease
Mild to moderate gum disease can be treated with minimally invasive procedures such as scaling, root planing and antibiotics. When gum disease advances, surgical treatment might be necessary. Tissue grafting and guided tissue regeneration are some options for treating advanced gum disease.

Preventing Gum Disease
It is easier to prevent yourself from getting gum disease than it is to treat it. Brushing after each meal and before bedtime with a fluoride toothpaste helps to protect your teeth. Daily flossing helps to remove food particles so that bacteria cannot break them down and cause inflammation. Regular visits to the dentist for oral cleanings and exams can also help to keep your teeth and gum tissue healthy. If you are at risk of gum disease, you may need to come in as frequently as every three months to get your teeth cleaned.

Call Dr. Burke Jardine at Excel Dental to schedule your appointment for diagnosis and treatment.

Courtesy Exam

Courtesy Exam



For most people, an exam and cleaning by the dentist every six months helps to protect teeth, gums and the mouth. Some people, however, need an exam and cleaning more frequently, especially if they have a health condition such as diabetes that puts them at a greater risk of tooth decay or loss. Scheduling a courtesy exam can help to detect dental problems in a quick manner so that you can get the care you need.

What a Courtesy Exam Includes
A courtesy exam for a child includes checking the alignment of the teeth, accounting for which baby and adult teeth are present, and looking for signs of tooth decay. Some children may need a dental X-ray if there is concern for how the teeth are developing. For an adult, a courtesy exam includes checking all the teeth and how they fit together.

If you have any dental restorations, those will be checked for signs of wear. If you or your child uses a removable dental appliance such as a mouth guard, bring it with you so that the dentist can check its condition and fit. Everyone should have a dental exam at least every six months as it is an essential part of your overall preventive healthcare.

What to Expect During a Courtesy Exam
During your courtesy exam, the dentist and hygienist will ask you questions about your dental hygiene routines. You may also be asked questions about your activities, habits and diet. These questions help the dentist to get a clear picture of your oral health and what types of dental problems you are at risk of developing. The exam may also include a cleaning of your teeth.

Contact the office of Burke Jardine, DMD today to schedule a courtesy exam.

Preventive Care

Preventive Care

Oral Health Care & PreventionWhile modern advancements may have taken away the pain involved in dental surgery, the time and money spent to resolve an issue within your mouth can leave you hurting all the same. Dr. Burke Jardine, DMD, at Excel Dental is an expert dedicated to providing cost-effective care to all patients, and a key component of that affordability is preventative care. This means taking steps every day, many from the comfort of your own home, to keep you from ever requiring the more expensive procedures to repair and replace deteriorated teeth. Keeping your mouth healthy using these measures can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.


As with many health-related goals, tooth care begins with what you put into your mouth. Sugary sweets and junk food wear away at the enamel that protects your pearly whites. Try replacing your guilty pleasures with nutritious snacks that not only are less harmful but also strengthen your teeth.

Though brushing is a no-brainer to many, it is worth mentioning that daily brushing between meals is one of the most important precautions you can take in caring for your teeth. Regular brushing and flossing remove decaying foods that allow bacteria to erode your teeth as well as cause gum disease. Using a good fluoride toothpaste will kill bacteria and keep your teeth strong to prevent chips and cracks.

There are some things best left to the experts. Dr. Burke Jardine, DMD, is practiced in regular cleaning methods to catch what you may have missed while brushing and remove plaque that has built up despite your best efforts. Visiting your dentist often can help to identify problems early in order to make small corrections rather than lengthy procedures later.

If you have questions or would like to know more about preventative care, contact Excel Dental today. We’re happy to give you advice and welcome new members into our family of smiles.


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