Change is right around the corner. There are many things on the horizon. For example, they can regrow teeth if there is any root left alive. It has been done in a lab. But when will it be commercially available? Who knows?
Gum tissue can be grown in the lab from the patient’s own cells. This saves the need to grab donor tissue from the roof of the mouth or some other area. Again, we have no idea when we will see this commercially.
Unfortunately, many people are suffering from gum disease and receded gum tissue. Some even have loose teeth. It is important for people to understand that almost all of the time, but not always, this is going to be due to the presence of gum disease.
Ask almost any dentist or especially periodontists, they will all tell you that most people have problems with their gum health. What I find perplexing is why dentists don’t mention this more often to their patients. Some dentists will simply allow a problem to get worse until it reaches the point of needed a Scaling and Root Planing.
This, in my opinion, is not the greatest service to the patient. Humanity is cruel. Many dentists know that what I am saying is true. Please don’t understand, there are many good dentists out there. I just wish there could be some behavioral or attitudinal changes out there. Patients deserve the best.
I understand the frustration of doctors. Perhaps they believe they are wasting their time when they spend it educating the patient. Perhaps there are other reasons. Whatever is going on in any specific practice, I hope that the focus can shift more towards what is best for the patient – even when the patient has no idea.
What happen to the age old idea of doing good for goodness’ sake. It isn’t necessary for anyone to realize that you have done them a good deed or not, just do it. If we all operated that way regardless of what place or station in life we occupy, wouldn’t the world be a better place?
David Snape is the author of the book: What You Should Know about Gum Disease. ISBN: 978-0981485508 – Available online at most book retailer sites. It can also be ordered by most book stores.
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.