It was tough to hear, the doctor said that I needed a ‘scaling and root planing’ procedure performed. I was told that I should not worry about the pain because they would make my gums numb. That made me wonder what I would feel when the numbness wore off. I was asked if I was ready to start now.
I thought that was crazy. There was no way that I was going for that. Instead, I wanted to know why I suddenly needed this done. On my last visit, everything seemed ok. They never mentioned the need for this treatment before.
After that, I went home. I pondered the situation and a couple of questions entered my mind. Did my dentist teach me anything about the prevention of gum disease over those many years that I went to her? I wondered that if she had taught me more on prevention, would I still have ended up with this problem?
I had been victimized by ‘gum disease’ and gum disease didn’t seem like someone you would want to invite to dinner. I was bit worried about being told about this need for the SRP procedure.
Most people are not informed about gum disease. It’s not until after they are told that they might begin to research it. They might end up like me, wondering why the dentist didn’t say something about it before.
My personal research helped me to realize that this didn’t happen between office visits. It was a problem that had been brewing for years. Only when things were really out of control did the dentist and hygienist tell me about it – and what they could offer as a treatment.
Upon reflection on this event, I’m glad that I decided not to have that SRP treatment performed. The fear made me look for answers. What I discovered was quite interesting.
A great deal of the world’s population suffers form some form of gum disease right now. The large percentage seems pretty unnatural to me. I wondered why dentistry hasn’t found a cure for this after a few hundred years?
Virtually any dentists or hygienist will verify for you that perhaps as much as 80% of the population has a problem with gum disease. You would have to conclude that either the statistics are skewed or a whole bunch of those people have no idea they have gum disease.
In either case, people are not likely to seek help or do their personal research until things get bad. That is a shame because an ‘ounce of prevention…” There are several tools and products that I found to be very helpful. I wish that I had known about these items years ago. But it seems the only thing the dentist told me about was brushing, flossing and a popular mouthwash.
Brushing and flossing alone just did not work for me. I had always taken good care of my teeth and I brushed and flossed regularly. Had they been enough, I wouldn’t have ended up with gum disease.
I found the answers I was looking for. The result was that my dentist and hygienist were a bit surprised when they saw me next. They even said that I no longer needed that treatment that was the ‘only thing that could help’ just a few months previous. Look below to find the link that will tell you some of the things I did to make my situation better.
In the end, I hope that more people can be educated about gum disease, bleeding gums, gingivitis and periodontal disease. I believe it is important to keep our gums healthy and keep our original set of teeth or at least as many as we still can. Don’t you?
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Disclaimer: This article is for information and entertainment purposes only. It does not intend to render advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have or think you might have gum disease or any other health problem, visit your periodontist or physician for advice, diagnosis and treatment. The USFDA has not evaluated statements about products in this article.