Articles on Gum Disease
Part 7 Of What You Should Know About Gum Disease
In this video we continue onwards on our journey to put at least the first four chapters of the book on Video.
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As I hope you understand by now, gum disease is a very serious problem that afflicts A LOT of people. In fact, most dental professionals will say that about 75% of people have some for of this disease right now!
That means you will want to work on protecting your family and yourself right away.
It’s A Big Bad World Out There
It sure seems like everyone wants to get their hands in your wallet now-a-days , doesn’t it? Here is an analogy I like to draw:
Say you go to your mechanic once a year and he charges you 5 grand every time to give you a new engine. He does that year after year for you. How wonderful that you have someone who will replace your engine every year.
Yet, there is a problem. This mechanic could simply teach you a little bit about prevention — such as, change your oil every 3,000 miles… And then you would not have to spend 5 Grand every year.
In either case, you are happy. But if you knew the truth, you would be saving 5 Grand every year. And of course, if you ever figured it out, you would be very unhappy. So, there is really no incentive to tell you (on the part of the mechanic) plus, he would be losing 5 Grand every year. Interesting, isn’t it?
A Little Info Goes A Long Way
I wrote the book because I faced a similar situation but with my teeth and gums. I wanted people to know this information so they could protect themselves and their loved ones. Saving money and the pain of recovery from expensive treatments is definitely worth a few bucks. In order to save thousands, that just makes sense doesn’t it?
I speak in General terms only here. For specific questions about your unique dental health situation, ask your doctor or dentist.
About This Video: Part 6 – What You Should Know About Gum Disease
I speak in general terms here.
It is very interesting to find a new dentist who is helping patients with prevention. There are not so many out there, as far as I can tell.
I was listening to a doctor on a video saying that he found a better way than extracts and implants. Patient education is quite important.
However, the problem remains widespread today.
Dental professionals tell us that up to 75 or even 80% of people have some form of gum disease right now.
That’s a lot of people. Most people don’t think they are inside the 75% but 3 out of every 4 people are – almost regardless of what they think or what they have been told.
How Do You Really Know If You Have Gum Disease Or Not
You really don’t want to rely on someone to give you a subjective opinion on this one. Some practitioners have been known to wait and not spring the bad news on you until it is time for an expensive treatment!
I have experienced this myself and that is a major reason I decided to write the book: What You Should Know About Gum Disease.
Unfortunately, even the clinics that bill themselves as “alternative” often rely on expensive diagnostic equipment and treatments – even if those treatments are deemed to be more ‘natural’.
I can only tell you that I have put valuable information in this book. It’s not just about what to do, but also gives you an understanding so that you can have the background knowledge that will empower you to better evaluate the opinions you receive and hear.
So, if you really want to know the state of your gum health, you need the OBJECTIVE measurement of your PERIODONTAL POCKET DEPTHS.
Most dental professionals will view anything above four millimeters as a problem.
So, by knowing these numbers you can track not only whether you have a problem or not, but you can also track your improvement (or lack thereof).
I have heard from people, plus I have my own experience with the “best tool” listed above to know that it can have the effect of reducing those pockets.
When you are at three and below, generally speaking, most dental health professionals will say that your gums are ‘healthy’.
Although, that is also kind of a misnomer. You will need to always watch those pocket depths. The tool mentioned above can help you to keep them at “healthy” levels. It has done so for me personally.
I speak in general terms only here. Specific questions about your unique dental health situation should still be directed to your dental practitioner of choice.
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PS: Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss and implants are expensive and ‘can be’ problematic. Sometimes, they take more than one try to ‘stick’. Painful? Expensive? Ouch…
In This Video
We continue with the introduction in this video. Being just an introduction, it does not really touch upon what you need to know at this point.
Although, I still do address the fact that many people avoid the dentist. But, that is not to say that going to the dentist is the saving grace for your gums.
It is certainly important to be under the care of your dentist, in fact, it is crucial. However, even the experts will tell you that the fight to protect and save your teeth and gum is a daily fight that only YOU can take on.
You are the only one who works on your teeth on a daily basis.
The Struggle Against Gum Disease Is A Daily Fight
There is NO WAY around it. The fight against or to prevent gum disease is a daily one. It doesn’t matter what fancy treatments you get at your dental office, if you are not fighting the daily fight, your problems are bound to return.
The plaque must be manually disrupted at least once every 24 hours and more is probably better – whatever your dentist recommends. So, therefore, the fight is truly a daily one.
Even if you see your dentist once every 3 months for a regular cleaning, if you are not disrupting that plaque daily, there is not much the dentist will be able to do to stop gum disease and save your teeth.
Therefore, this is a personal matter that you must deal with every single day.
It’s Complicated But Simple…
Because every single person’s body is different. You will want to understand that the fight against this problem or to prevent it requires varying amounts of work for every person. For some people, brushing and flossing daily is really all they need.
But, for most people, this is not the case. You see, we know that 3 out of every 4 people has some gum disease right now. That’s 75%. I think it is also fair to say that more than 25% of people brush and/ or floss daily. Therefore, if brushing and flossing were really enough for everyone, there would not be so many people with gum disease.
Many people think they are safe because their dentist has not said anything – yet! Actually, gum disease most often works silently and over time. The damage may not become evident for a very long time. Then, when you start to see the damage, you think that it is a ‘new’ problem.
Many dentists just don’t spend a lot of time focusing on your gums. They are more interested in looking for and repairing problems with your teeth.
There is another specialty that focuses on the gum health, those are Periodontists.
So your regular dentist may not put a lot of time into checking your gums and making sure they are healthy.
Here is a hint: Your dentist or hygienist should be checking your periodontal pocket depths on every visit, not just when they see enough evidence that there is a problem. It is too late at that point.
What you are looking for is any periodontal pocket depths that are above 3 mm. These are your trouble spots. Most dental experts would say that you have a problem if you are above 3mms in depth anywhere in your mouth (with the possible exception of the tissue near the molars – depending on opinion)
When the depths are above 3mm the bacteria have a chance to accumulate in greater proportions. This begins the cycle of tissue destruction from acidic waste products that are secreted.
* I speak in general terms only for the purpose of sharing information. If you have a specific question about your own unique dental health situation, be sure to ask your dentist about those questions.
This is Part 3 – The Introduction Begins In This Part
I start to tell my personal story regarding my dentist and gum disease. I talk about their attempts to get me to submit to a Root Scaling and Planing Treatment or SRP.
I did not get one done, but this sets the stage for the reason I wrote this book. I want everyone to have this information. I think it is very important.
Many people mistakenly think they do not have gum disease. The reality is that MOST people DO have it. They just don’t know it. And they may not have been told. It seems that often times people are only told when it is time to have an expensive treatment.
The SRP’s, if they are doing the whole mouth, average around $1600. Unfortunately, further help is usually needed in the future. Many people do not understand this when they have this treatment done. While the initial results may seem great, wait to see what happens 3 or 4 years later.
Being able to avoid expensive treatments by getting the periodontal pockets back to the ‘normal’ range of 3mm or below is critical to your dental health. If you are able to do that, generally speaking, most dentists would say that your gums are health at that point.
The Biggest Cause of Tooth Loss
Gum disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss and since as many as 75% of people (according to professionals) have this problem, then MOST people need this book.
It makes me sad to talk to people who have the mistaken impression that tooth loss is a ‘normal’ part of the aging process. If you can prevent the loss of even one tooth, it is very much worth it. The cost of even a single lost tooth replacement can be quite expensive.
What if you could save more than just one? This is one of the main reasons this book was written. I realized that there was a lot of common sense information that people needed. Is it possible to protect yourself and your loved ones against expensive, costly and often times painful treatments? Maybe it is time to find out?
*Note, All here and in the books is stated in ‘general terms’ only. specific questions about your unique dental health situation should be directed to your periodontist, doctor or dentist.
Much emphasis is placed on this type of work in the dental office.
However, there does NOT seem to be much attempt at prevention.
The number one cause of tooth loss is gum disease. Yes, it is possible to lose a tooth through an accident and occassionally from tooth decay. But most of the time, the cause of tooth loss is gum disease. Ask any dental professional they will confirm that for you.
Yet, how many of us are taught what to do to prevent gum disease beyond regular brushing and flossing.
Treatments for gum disease can get quite expensive. You would think that doctors would want their patient’s to do all that they could in order to avoid gum disease, right?
Of course, this article speaks in general terms. If you have question or questions about your own unique dental health situation, you should ask your doctor or dentist for the answers to those questions.
Prevention may not be as easy as simply brushing and flossing. After all, if it were, we would not have 75% of people walking around with some form of gum disease in their oral cavity. You can also verify that statistic with any dental professional.
Something is horribly wrong here. Is it a lack of public perception and understanding about this insidious problem? Or, is it a lack of good educational and preventive resources for people to understand what the problem is and what they can do to prevent or mitigate its occurrence?
The answer will need to be rhetorical on this one.
However, here are some resources that I think are worth investigating.
The Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator – Available at Toothy Grins Store.com
The Book: What You Should Know about Gum Disease – You may order a copy at your local book store or pick one up here.
The E-book: How To Stop Gum Disease In 4 Easy Steps! – This is available on Kindle and Nook for 99 cents and is also available for free here.
Prevention may be the key to preventing expensive bills and avoiding the cost and pain of dental implants.
Many changes can occur to our facial features as well when we lose teeth. That is why it is important for a good replacement. But letting it come to this point in the first place, might be avoided by more people -IF they were armed with a little more awareness and decent tools for home care.
Again, this post speaks in general. Ask your dentist for specific answers to your unique dental health situation.
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