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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

What You Should Know About Gum Disease - Part 9

What You Should Know About Gum Disease - The Layman's Guide To Fighting Gum Disease - Part 9 on Video

 


In this video we continue where we left off in part 8

You can also start at the beginning with part 1 if you would like to

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As you know by now if you have been following this series: 

1. Gum Disease is the number one cause of tooth loss. 

2. 75% (according to dental professionals) of people have this problem. 

3. Most people, for various reasons, do not realize they have it. 

4.  Every family can benefit from a copy of this book / information


The sad truth is that lost teeth are quite expensive.   Even if a tooth can be saved, the dental surgeries to do so are also quite expensive.   Why not stop this problem in the first place.    No need to let the damage continue. 

As mentioned before, many people won't find out until a lot of damage has already been done. 
A basic SRP (Scaling and Root Planing Treatment)  if needed for the whole mouth usually runs around $1600 on average. 

While this can help to clean up the periodontal pockets, the treatment may be needed again in a few years or less.   This doesn't have to be. 

As most dentists will generally agree, it is what you do at home that has the greatest impact on your gingival health  (gum health).   

this is because the struggle to stop / prevent gum disease is a daily one.   The plaque needs to be mechanically disrupted daily.   But, are you getting it all?  

Sometimes regular brushing and flossing is enough.   However, for many people that must not be the case as there is no way that 75% of the people are NOT brushing and NOT flossing. 

Therefore, I feel it is safe to conclude that mere brushing and flossing alone may not be enough to stop or prevent gum disease. 

The next question is:  How Do You Monitor This Problem?

It's not good enough to hear someone say your gums are "ok".  

What you must know is the 'numbers'.   How deep are your periodontal pocket depths?  This should be checked at every single visit to the dentist.   This is how you know if what you have been doing at home is working!    

If you don't know these numbers, you are 'in the dark'.  

No reason to gamble.   Ask for those numbers, they should be telling you what they are on every visit.   Insist that you get this info. 


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