Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Signs And Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

Dr. Andrew Pallos has written a nice web page about the basic signs and symptoms of periodontal disease.

I won't go over them because they are pretty standard, but you can read Dr. Pallos' post here:

I will talk about:

What I Think Is Important

I like that Dr. Pallos wrote about periodontal disease.   It's also known as gum disease.   In fact, the three terms, gum disease, periodontal disease and gingivitis are simply different stages of the same disease process. 

Periodontal disease and gum disease are more or less synonymous and refer to the irreversible erosion of tissue.   Gingivitis, on the other hand, is the beginning stage of this disease process and can be corrected before irreversible damage occurs.

To cut through a lot of mumbo jumbo and make it simple, here are the key points:

You can monitor your level of gum disease (75% of people have some) more or less objectively through the periodontal pocket depths - as measured by a hygienist or dentist.

Generally speaking,  3mm and below is considered healthy and above 3mm is considered unhealthy.

Therefore, you want to find tools that can help you keep the plaque and tartar (as mentioned in  Dr. Pallos article, in check.    Or, reduce those pockets if necessary.

For me and many of my customers, this machine has helped.    In fact, it saved me from a SRP (Scaling and Root Planing Treatment or Deep Cleaning). 

In the US these treatments can be quite costly.   I've heard they are pretty inexpensive in New Zealand though!

The Best part about using this machine is that you can monitor and watch your results and progress (or lack thereof) via your very own dentist or hygienist. 

Nothing else worked for me and my dentist insisted that I get  that SRP treatment.   But, when I showed up at her office after using that machine for a few months,  she conceded that my gums where healthy and I did not need that treatment after all!    How wonderful.


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