Periodontics in Harlingen, Texas

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Dr. Kapoor moved to New York when she was 12 years old. Her father worked for the U.S. Aid and was stationed in Afghanistan, which is where she was born. She decided to be a dentist when she was 10 years old because she really liked her dentist. When she was 15 years old she decided to become a periodontist because her mom had periodontal disease and refused to see a periodontist. This urge to help her mom has bloomed into a career that she is passionate about. She treats every patient with the same care that she gave to her mom.

Dr. Kapoor now lives on a ranch near Austin, Texas. Her other passion is cooking. She has started a cooking blog (cookingwithloveandspices.com) and teaches cooking classes. She is using her cooking venture to support the local producers and food bank.

Dr. Kapoor has 27 years of experience in periodontal care. She takes care of our patients both in Austin and here in the valley. She travels from Austin to perform all of Harlingen Family Dentistry’s periodontal procedures. She has been serving our patients since 2011.

After graduating from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery in 1986, Dr. Kapoor completed a one year hospital residency at the Ann Arbor V. A., and then a three year periodontal internship at Ohio State University.

Since her post-doctoral graduation in 1990, Dr. Kapoor continues to take advanced courses to keep up with the latest technology and procedures in the field of periodontics.

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Gum Disease in Harlingen Texas

Gum Disease Is a Major Threat to Oral and Overall Health

Do you experience bleeding and tender gums, bad breath, bad taste or other concerning oral problems?

These alarming symptoms may be the result of GINGIVITIS (gingiva = gum + itis = inflammation or infection) or PERIODONTITS (perio = around + dont = tooth + itis).

These infections are caused by the germs in your mouth. If you don’t get a cleaning for sometime, the germs in your mouth will first infect the gums (GINGIVITIS) and then start infecting the jaw bone around the teeth (PERIODONTITIS).

GINGIVITIS and PERIODONTITIS are serious oral conditions affecting millions–and are the number one cause of tooth loss among Americans today. The disease, caused by the body’s response to bacterial toxins, is progressive, destructive and a significant health risk if not diagnosed and treated as early as possible.

signs and symptoms, IF ANY ARE PRESENT, of gum disease are:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen, red or tender gums
  • Bad breath
  • Presence of pus
  • Bone loss
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Gaps forming in between the teeth

NOTE: Sometimes there are no signs and symptoms present but the gum and bone infection has already started.

Gum Disease Treatment for Every Stage

Immediate treatment for gum disease is imperative to protect against irreversible damage like bone and tooth loss, a host of negative systemic effects and the need for future, costly treatments. Our experienced periodontal team conducts routine gum disease screenings, providing effective treatment  when the disease is identified. The type of treatment recommended depends on the stage of gum disease and your state of periodontal  health. Gum disease treatments offered at Harlingen Family Dentistry include:

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Gingivitis

  • Red, Swollen, Inflamed Gums
  • Bleeding When Brushing or Flossing
  • Chronic Bad Breath

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Periodontitis

  • “Pockets” Form Between the Teeth and Gums
  • Gum Recession
  • Gaps Between the Teeth

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Advanced Periodontitis

  • Connective Tissues Destroyed
  • Shifting or Loose Teeth
  • Tooth and Bone Loss

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47.2% of adults age 20 to 64 have periodontal disease.

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Nearly 64.7 million people in the United States suffer from gum (periodontal) disease.

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Gum disease is more common among men (at 56.4 percent) than women (at 38.4 percent).

Defending Your Smile Against Progressive Gum Disease

The best defense against developing gum disease includes meticulous brushing and flossing habits, along with regular dental cleanings and exams. When the disease is present, however, our periodontal specialist is ready to restore your gum health by eliminating active periodontal infection. As a state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary practice, we have an experienced periodontist onsite dedicated to delivering the quality, compassionate gum disease and implant procedures your smile needs to be healthy.

Healthy gums are the foundation of a beautiful, lasting smile! Contact us today to reserve your gum disease screening and consultation with our periodontal team.