About The Gum Doc

Dr. Edelstein has been providing periodontal care in the Atlanta area for over 35 years. His goal is for patients to not only have long-lasting outcomes but have excellent experiences. Dr. Edelstein is also a fine art photographer. His creativity brings that extra special touch to his patients and how he cares for them.

Swollen Gums: Top 3 Causes


Swollen gums are certainly not normal, ie. healthy.  Swelling can be acute or chronic, isolated to a singular tooth/area of the mouth or can be more generalized. It can also go away and come back.  None of these scenarios is good for your mouth and should be evaluated.  Swelling or inflammation is our body's response [...]

Swollen Gums: Top 3 Causes2018-11-08T12:35:59+00:00

Perioscopy: Is It For You?


The very latest treatment for periodontal disease is the Perioscope--and the best news is that it is non-surgical!  No laser, no scalpel, no sutures and no downtime. Periodontal disease is treated in a number of ways by removing the deposits that build up on the root under the gum line. These deposits are not able [...]

Perioscopy: Is It For You?2018-09-27T08:58:24+00:00

Root Sensitivity–Everything You Wanted to Know


Tooth sensitivity is technically dentin hypersensitivity or root sensitivity. If hot, cold, sweet or very acidic foods and drinks, or breathing in cold air, makes your teeth or a tooth sensitive or painful then you have dentin hypersensitivity. Often the direct source of this sensitivity is an exposed root.  For this blog's purpose, we will [...]

Root Sensitivity–Everything You Wanted to Know2018-08-10T13:24:15+00:00

NOT Replacing a Missing Tooth? Reveal the Cost Here!


Is It Really Important to Replace a Missing Tooth? According to the American College of Prosthodontics, 178 million people in the United States are missing at least one tooth and more than 35 million people don’t have any teeth, at all. Tooth loss occurs due to a number of reasons, some of which are quite preventable [...]

NOT Replacing a Missing Tooth? Reveal the Cost Here!2018-06-15T11:17:19+00:00

Top 3 Risk Factors for Gum Disease


A risk factor is something that increases the likelihood of developing a disease or injury. In other words, it co-exists with a disease or injury and can contribute to a disease developing, worsening, or affect the treatment for the particular condition.  Periodontal disease, an oral bacterial infection that can result in bone and tooth loss, is [...]

Top 3 Risk Factors for Gum Disease2018-04-16T10:56:04+00:00

Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease Anyone Can Recognize


Did you know that approximately half of the American adult population has periodontal or gum disease?  Did you also know that over the age of 65, the prevalence of this infection increases to 75%?  The CDC recently published the largest study to date and the results were compelling. Furthermore, the warning signs can be easy [...]

Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease Anyone Can Recognize2018-03-16T16:44:18+00:00

Top 5 Reasons For Dental Implants


Dental implants are an excellent way to replace missing teeth and have become the standard of care in dentistry.  They have an excellent long-term success rate and patients who have them report a high satisfaction rate and in some cases even an improved quality of life! Basically a dental implant is comprised of three different [...]

Top 5 Reasons For Dental Implants2017-12-28T12:48:03+00:00

Are You Causing Your Own Gum Recession?


Have you noticed that your teeth somehow look longer?  Or that your gum line has become uneven?  Do your gums have an "aged" apearance--what some folks call "long in the tooth"?  If you answer "yes" to any of these questions then you may be suffering from a very common problem called gum recession, or gingival recession. The [...]

Are You Causing Your Own Gum Recession?2017-10-26T12:18:36+00:00

Gum Disease is Tied To This Particular Risk for Older Women!


A recent New York Times article reveals that periodontal disease is associated with a higher risk for cancer, particularly for older women.  Researchers followed more than 65,000 women whose average age was 68. Information on periodontal disease was gathered and the study was controlled for race, age, family history of cancer, smoking and other variables. [...]

Gum Disease is Tied To This Particular Risk for Older Women!2017-10-09T15:52:23+00:00

Is Your Mouth “Bugging” You?


Did you know that oral inflammation (periodontal disease) is an epidemic?  Under the age of 65, 50% of the adult population has periodontal disease.  The prevalence goes up to about 75% over the age of 65!  That's a lot of oral "bugs" in our adult population and we now know the research is overwhelmingly suggestive that [...]

Is Your Mouth “Bugging” You?2017-09-27T09:49:29+00:00