Shoreline Periodontics Hosts Hygiene Study Club Educating on Gum Disease in New London, CT

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Shoreline Periodontics hosts the latest Hygiene Study Club titled, “Hands-On Instrument Sharpening” to help dentists, periodontists, and other dental professionals learn more about gum disease in New London, CT. The course gives the attending doctors along with their staff lessons on gum disease and ways to care for the tools used to treat the disease.

Drs. Gregory Toback, Rui Ma, and Marianne Urbanski, Periodontists and Dental Implant Surgeons Serving in New London, CT, Fairfield, CT, and Westerly, RI

Drs. Gregory Toback, Rui Ma, and Marianne Urbanski Educate on Gum Disease in New London, CT

We have found that after gum disease treatment, when a patient has a healthy mouth, they often feel healthier overall.

Periodontists, Drs. Gregory Toback and Marianne Urbanski of Shoreline Periodontics, hosted the most recent Hygiene Study Club, “Hands-On Instrument Sharpening,” featuring guest speaker, Dr. Rui Ma. Attendees of the course gained hands-on experience and education on sharpening dental instruments and learned best treatment practices for gum disease. The Hygiene Study Club is a part of Dr. Toback and Urbanski’s continuing education courses held regularly in New London, CT.

“The issue with gum disease is that it is a silent concern, with some patients reporting never feeling any pain or knowing they were affected. So, gum disease should not be taken lightly and should be detected early on. Otherwise, we find that patients come to us and there is nothing we can do other than extract affected teeth,” says Dr. Urbanski. “We have found that after gum disease treatment, when a patient has a healthy mouth, they often feel healthier overall.”

The Hygiene Study Club course, “Hands-On Instrument Sharpening,” was dedicated to providing a deeper look at the treatment of gum disease for dentists, periodontists, and their staff. Many treatment options for those affected by gum disease involve the use of small, sharp instruments that scrape away bacteria, tartar, and infection. These tools and instruments must be sharp in order to maximize their effectiveness and provide patients with quick treatment in as gentle a manner as possible. Dr. Ma discussed and participated with attendees on ways to sharpen and utilize these instruments and tools to maximize their effectiveness when treating patients.

Common treatment methods for gum disease include scaling and root planing and osseous surgery. These procedures utilize fine tools that access areas below the gum line or surgically remove infected tissue. Periodontists use these procedures to cleanse the mouth, teeth, bone, and gums of disease and create a healthy environment again. In some cases, tissue must be removed, and bone reshaped, before the area can heal.

Gum disease is a common concern that affects nearly half of all adults to some degree. When the teeth and gums are not cleaned properly or a patient does not receive routine dental appointments, they are susceptible to developing the condition. When affected, patients often experience bleeding gums, loose teeth, chronic bad breath, and eventual tooth loss. Shoreline Periodontics specializes in the treatment of gum disease, both mild and severe, through traditional surgical procedures and modern laser dentistry with a method called LANAP®.

Those in need of treatment for gum disease in New London, CT or Westerly, RI are encouraged to contact Shoreline Periodontics. With two locations to serve more patients, consultations and appointments can be made at either location by visiting their website at or by calling 860-443-2428 for the New London, CT location, or 401-596-0000 for the Westerly, RI office.

About the Periodontists

Shoreline Periodontics is a periodontal practice offering personalized dental care for patients since 1998 and is located in New London, CT and Westerly, RI. Leading board-certified periodontist, Dr. Gregory A. Toback, received his B.A. from St. John’s University and his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Connecticut. He also received advanced training in periodontics and dental implants at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Marianne Urbanski has been voted one of Connecticut’s top dentists for more than seven years by Connecticut Magazine. Dr. Urbanski graduated cum laude from the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts where she earned a Bachelors’ degree in Biology. She also received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree and her Masters’ of Dental Science degree from the University of Connecticut Dental School. Dr. Urbanski and Dr. Toback pride themselves on offering caring, professional treatment to each patient. Dr. Toback and Dr. Urbanski focus on minimally invasive surgeries including LANAP® laser gum surgery and are certified to offer the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™ for treatment of gum recession. To learn more about Shoreline Periodontics and their dental services visit their website at or call 860-443-2428 for the New London, CT location, or 401-596-0000 for the Westerly, RI office.

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