Sunday, April 7, 2013

Do I Need A Scaling And Root Planing Treatment?

If your dentist or hygienist recommended a Scaling and Root Planing Treatment, which is also known as a SRP or 'deep cleaning',  you should consider following their recommendation.  If you have doubts or questions, you can always go to another dentist or periodontist to get a second opinion.

In any case, the need for such a treatment could indicate a serious problem.  Gum disease, when it progresses beyond gingivitis begins to erode the tissue surrounding and supporting your tooth or teeth!

So, this is not a situation you want to take lightly.  Your dentist is probably recommending the treatment because you have a number of periodontal pocket depths above 3mm.

Generally speaking, 3mm and below would be considered healthy.  While above 3mm, generally speaking would be a problem.   Perhaps you have five 4mm pockets, two 5mm pockets and two 6mm pockets - as an example.   In this case, it is possible that your dentist will recommend this treatment.

In some countries a 'deep cleaning' treatment is inexpensive and this may not matter to you.  However, in America, they can range around $1600 for your full mouth.   Sometimes less, sometimes more - depending on a local conditions. 

You should be under the care of a good dentist or preferably, a periodontist, under this scenario.  Keeping your gums healthy is important if you are interested in keeping your teeth (or those that are left) for the rest of your life.

Gum disease is the number one cause for people losing their teeth.

I was personally able to shrink my periodontal pockets and get my gums to a healthy state again, using the Hydro Floss oral irrigator and avoid the recommended SRP treatment.   The improvement was noted by my dentist, who had previously recommended the SRP.   She stated that I didn't need that treatment any longer.

However, it can never be said that any one thing will work for 100% of the people, 100% of the time.  So, you definitely should not go off on your own to try anything.

Here is my suggestion.  Talk to your dentist and see if they are willing to give you about 1 1/2 months to show improvement.

If you get that approval:  Use the HydroFloss twice-per-day with two reservoirs per use (minimal) for at least a month.  Then have your dentist remeasure your periodontal pockets.  They will be able to tell if there is enough of a change to deem your gums healthy or not.

If you are a dentist reading this, consider sending any of your patients to to get their Hydro Floss.   Once you see and experience the results that your patients get, I have no doubt that a good dentist would want more of his patients to use the Hydro Floss.

You could even have them use it as  preventive home use tool.    If you need Journal studies, try the Journal of Clinical Periodontology  - May of 1993 and April of 1998 issues.   There should be enough compelling information there for you to try this with your patients.

Once you see the results, I believe you will feel really confident to recommend this device to your patients more often.

Next:  Regardless of whether you are a lay-person or a dental professional  :

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PPS: prevention can also help a lot in reducing an individual's or family's health care costs.  My favorite prevention tool. 

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