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Dr. Kevin B. Calongne, DDS

Periodontist

Dr. Kevin Calongne practices Periodontics in Houston, TX. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Dr. Calongne has expertise in the treatment of oral inflammation and often treats problematic periodontal cases, such as those with severe gum disease or a complex medical history. Some treatments that Dr. Calongne provides are scaling and root planing and root surface debridement.
29 years Experience
Dr. Kevin B. Calongne, DDS
  • Houston, TX
  • LSU School of Dentistry
  • Accepting new patients

What can cause gingivitis?

Gingivitis is caused by dental plaque, which is virtually 100% bacteria by weight. 

Are there any warning signs of gingivitis?

Redness and bleeding are the cardinal signs of gingivitis, but the gums may only bleed when your dentist probes them. Sometimes the gums are sore, but not always.

How safe are dental x-rays?

Dental X-rays are very safe. Current digital X-rays have radiation dosages between 20% and 40% of older film versions, which were still very safe. Regular dental X-rays are a good READ MORE
Dental X-rays are very safe. Current digital X-rays have radiation dosages between 20% and 40% of older film versions, which were still very safe. Regular dental X-rays are a good way to catch dental issues early, when the treatment can be more conservative and less costly.

Are bleeding gums in kids a cause of concern?

There are juvenile forms of gum disease, but the likely issue is that he isn't brushing his teeth well or isn't getting regular dental cleanings. 

Why do I have a thick white coating on my tongue?

Although there are several possibilities, what you are seeing could very well be thrush, also known as candidiasis. This is a fungal infection that can spread and be pretty severe. READ MORE
Although there are several possibilities, what you are seeing could very well be thrush, also known as candidiasis. This is a fungal infection that can spread and be pretty severe. The most common cause is taking antibiotics, especially if it's a long term course. Your physician or dentist can prescribe you an antifungal medication to address this, but ceasing the antibiotic is also necessary. 

Could my daughter's braces cause her gums to swell?

The swelling is likely due to poor oral hygiene around her appliances. 

What could be the reason for my mouth ulcers?

The most common ulcers in the mouth are aphthous ulcers. They can be caused by trauma or food allergies, but the cause is usually not apparent. There are other conditions that READ MORE
The most common ulcers in the mouth are aphthous ulcers. They can be caused by trauma or food allergies, but the cause is usually not apparent. There are other conditions that cause ulcers in the mouth that may be viral infections, fungal infections, or autoimmune diseases. You should see a periodontist for a diagnosis to try to get your condition under control. 

Are there any home remedies to treat gingivitis?

Yes, effective brushing and flossing with Listerine. 

What is the treatment for periodontitis?

It really depends on the type and severity of the disease. Only a full diagnosis by a periodontist can answer your question.

Is gum disease possible in a 3 year old?

That is not gum disease per se. Mouth breathing can create other gum issues, but she is probably just experiencing the discomfort associated with the loss of one or more baby teeth READ MORE
That is not gum disease per se. Mouth breathing can create other gum issues, but she is probably just experiencing the discomfort associated with the loss of one or more baby teeth and the eruption of a permanent tooth.

Can periodontal disease be reversed?

Yes, to a certain extent, but it depends on the severity and whether there is bone loss and what type of bone loss exists.

Can a tooth cleaning procedure cause inflammation?

A proper cleaning should reduce inflammation.

Why are my implants not working?

The 10 year survival rate of dental implants is about 92-98%, so there must be some biological or other reason for the failure. Smoking, diabetes, and poor oral hygiene are some READ MORE
The 10 year survival rate of dental implants is about 92-98%, so there must be some biological or other reason for the failure. Smoking, diabetes, and poor oral hygiene are some of the major factors in implant failure.

Since yesterday I can feel my gums being slightly inflamed. What could be the reason?

If you are female, it could be hormonal or even pregnancy. It could be plaque, or an allergy. See your dentist for a diagnosis.

I recently had an intense cleaning at the dentist because I had gingivitis. Will smoking make things worse?

Absolutely. Smokers are far more prone to gum disease than non-smokers.

Why are my gums darkening?

It could be racial pigmentation, smoking, or some type of heavy metal poisoning, among a whole lot of other things. Please see your dentist or periodontist for a definitive diagnosis. READ MORE
It could be racial pigmentation, smoking, or some type of heavy metal poisoning, among a whole lot of other things. Please see your dentist or periodontist for a definitive diagnosis.

Are there early signs and symptoms of periodontal problems?

Early signs of periodontal disease are bad breath and bleeding, sometimes red gums. If you don't have these signs, it doesn't mean that you don't have periodontal disease. Only READ MORE
Early signs of periodontal disease are bad breath and bleeding, sometimes red gums. If you don't have these signs, it doesn't mean that you don't have periodontal disease. Only a dentist or periodontist can be counted on to diagnose the disease. The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to stay healthy, not smoke, brush and floss well, use an antibacterial mouthwash, and get regular dental cleanings. 

Can gingivitis be prevented?

Effective brushing and flossing, the use of a good mouth wash like Listerine, and regular dental cleanings are the best ways to prevent gingivitis and periodontitis. 

Why are my dental implants hurting my gums?

Pain around dental implants is abnormal and should be addressed by a periodontist. 

I am having a dull pain in my gums while chewing food. Could it be sign of an infection?

It could be an acute gum infection like a periodontal abscess or it may be just an ulcer.