Columbia, MD Dentist, Dr. Patricia S. Stoker Educates People on Importance of Oral Health and Seeking Treatment for Periodontal Disease and Receding Gums

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47.32 percent of adults 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease. In honor of Dental Hygiene Month, Dr. Patricia S. Stoker, a dentist in Columbia, MD, is working hard to educate people about the consequences of untreated gum disease like receding gums.

Dr. Patricia S. Stoker is a dentist in Columbia, MD

Dr. Patricia S. Stoker Educates Columbia, MD Residents on the Importance of Good Oral Health

Dental Hygiene Month has inspired Dr. Stoker, a dentist in Columbia, MD, to educate her patients about the dangers of gum disease and gum recession. Gum recession treatment is integral to a healthy mouth and there is now an advanced incision-free treatment option to correct receding gums and restore a healthy smile.

Gum recession is where the gum tissue surrounding the teeth pulls back, exposing more of the tooth and sometimes even the tooth’s root. With gum recession, gaps or pockets form between the gum line and the teeth making it much easier for bacteria and plaque to build up. If gum recession is left untreated, serious structural damage can occur in the form of tooth and bone loss. Because gum recession is a gradual process, the symptoms can be hard to recognize, but the most common symptoms of gum recession is tooth sensitivity and tooth elongation.

In most cases, gum recession is caused by advanced periodontal disease. There are also other causes of gum recession including the side effects of some medications, improper brushing and even some genetic predispositions. Also, some dental treatments like gum grafting and gum surgery can cause receding gums. Without treatment, gum recession can lead to many other health complications like bone and tooth loss which can lead to eating difficulties.

Dr. Stoker offers patients a minimally invasive treatment option for gum recession called The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™. The pinhole treatment option utilizes specialized instruments that make small pin-sized holes to loosen and slide the gum tissue over the part of the tooth where gum recession has occurred. This is a completely unique procedure because it does not require any cutting or suturing, and patients experience less pain, bleeding and swelling. Cosmetically, the pinhole technique offers an immediate improvement which is ideal for many patients.

There is no better time than Dental Hygiene Month to treat gum recession and improve overall oral health. To learn more about Dr. Stoker, a dentist in Columbia, MD, and her dental services visit her website at and call (443) 393-2203.

About the Doctor

Dr. Patricia S. Stoker is a general dentist bringing personalized dental care to patients in Columbia, MD with over 20 years of private practice experience. Dr. Stoker graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, and she was selected for the prestigious General Practice Residency at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, where she received intensive training in advanced dentistry. To learn more about Dr. Stoker and her dental services visit her website at and call (443) 393-2203.

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