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Periodontal Disease Q&A

Gum Disease FAQAnswers to your most frequently asked questions about gum disease.

Q: Why is gum disease so terrible if it doesn’t hurt?

Periodontal disease is a progressive one—meaning if it doesn’t stabilize or show signs of healing, it’s bound to get worse. Even when it doesn’t hurt, untreated gum disease will eventually take its toll: tooth loss.

But there is a bright side. Every day, we’re finding new ways to approach therapy. Since we can treat every stage of the disease, our practice has helped many, many patients save their teeth and bring oral tissues back to health and vitality.

Q: When treatment is finished, will I be cured?

Not necessarily. Gum disease is, in a word, incurable. But with your help, we can keep it under control. So much of your tissue health depends on what you’re willing to do. It’s all about brushing and flossing.

Q: What about my kids? Can they get gum disease?

We’re finding now that gum disease can begin in kids as young as age 10. It’s called “juvenile periodontitis.” Severe cases are rare, but we do see gingivitis, an early form of the disease. So at each appointment, we take a close look at your child’s teeth and gums and teach him or her what to watch for. And like adults, it’s critical that kids practice good home care habits—brushing, flossing, and a healthy diet—to keep gums and teeth shipshape.

About Alan Limbird, DDS

Dr. Alan Limbird graduated from the University of California, San Francisco in 1983, in the top 10% of his class. He immediately entered into a residency at Loma Linda University in General Dental Practice. After completing his residency in 1984, he joined a dental practice in Ukiah which he owned and operated for 30 years. At Limbird Dentistry, Dr. Limbird offered his patients the highest quality treatment using state of the art dental technology to create beautiful smiles. Dr. Limbird sold his Ukiah practice in November 2014 and continues to work part-time with the new owners. In April 2017, Dr. Limbird joined Dr. James Hooper’s thriving dental practice in Fort Bragg. Dr. Limbird is excited to be offering dental services to his new patients on the coast. With the new Solea Dental Laser, he can offer an even higher level of care and technology than ever before. Dr. Limbird strives to stay on the cutting edge of dental technology. While working part-time for two years, he filled his free time by attending many dental education courses to fine tune his skills and learn new ones. Recent courses include: Oral Surgery, extractions, bone grafting, implant placement, implant restoration and extensive training with Dental Lasers. These skills will be put to good use in his Fort Bragg office since there are no dental specialists in the area. Dr. Limbird has been using Dental Lasers for over 20 years. Lasers have helped him to provide a higher level of service and excellence to his patients than was previously possible. His most recent technology purchase is the new Solea Carbon Dioxide Dental Laser. With this new laser, Dr. Limbird can prepare and place nearly all of your fillings comfortably and efficiently with NO SHOTS and NO PAIN! No longer do our patients need to fear going to the dentist. Dr. Limbird also has extensive training in Cosmetic Dentistry. He works with only the best dental laboratories and uses the highest quality materials to give you the best smile possible! Dr. Limbird and his wife, Laura, have always loved spending time on the Mendocino Coast. They now live in Mendocino full time and are pleased to be a part of the coastal community.

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