Tuesday, December 25, 2012

What You Should Know About Gum Disease Part 19


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Imagine This Scenario

I can imagine the first time a person hears they have gum disease.   Generally, they are completely taken off guard and the response is usually something like: "What Are You Talking About"?  Or:
I have always taken good care of my teeth.

To make matters worse, the person usually hears this in conjunction with being told that an expensive surgery or treatment is needed.   This can be very irritating to a person.

It kind of makes you wonder:  "How did this happen all of the sudden"?   Most of the time, it did not happen all of the sudden.  Usually it progresses for a long period of time before you are told that you need an expensive treatment.

You may then wonder:  "Why wasn't I told about this before"?   That is a very intelligent question.  I don't want to say too much about that.  You will have to draw your own conclusions.

What Is Gum Disease?

It is a problem that affects somewhere between 40 - 80% of people, depending on who you listen to.  Generally, in my experience, most dental professionals will quote 75%  as being the number of people who have some form of gum disease.

BTW, you can be six years old and have gum disease.   Many people believe this problem is reserved for older adults.  That is not really the case.  Instead, the damage becomes more obvious over time.

Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss.  Replacing teeth usually costs a good bit of cash.

Prevention And Mitigation

Perhaps it is better to learn more about this problem and what can be done about it?
Prevention is worth a lot.   But what is prevention?  Many people say brushing and flossing is prevention.  That is true.  But it isn't enough for most people.  If it were, would 75% of people be walking around with this problem?

Mitigation is stopping an existing problem in its tracks and then returning your gums to a healthier state.   The erosion of your gums and the bones that support them is the progression of the disease.

When enough supporting tissue (flesh and bone) is destroyed / lost, the tooth becomes loose and can even fall out or be removed.   Expensive?

Imagine what it would be like if you had a good understanding of this problem and what you can do to stop it.  Now imagine if you could help your friends and family members to have a better understanding to the point where they might save their own teeth.    Is there value in that?

I suspect there might be some value there.   What do you think? 

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This video speaks in general terms only, for specific questions about your unique health situation, direct those question to your doctor. 


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