Treat Gum Disease with Tried-and-True Methods, Not Quick Fixes
Miracle cures, or quick fixes, have been around for centuries; certain foods, ointments, or potions have claimed to cure everything from hair loss to cancer. Marketed as quick, easy, and painless, these miracle cures are often not backed by science or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which means that they may do more harm than good.
These Quick Fixes Are Everywhere
They exist in all areas of life. Similar quick fixes that claim to treat periodontal disease are no different. Though elements of these quick and easy periodontal “cures” may be FDA approved, there may be little or no scientific prof that they are effective in the prevention and treatment of periodontal diseases. In fact, periodontal “miracle cures” may actually harm your oral health!
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. It has been associated with the progression of other diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
What’s Wrong With Quick Fixes for Periodontal Disease?
If you opt for a treatment for periodontal disease that has not been backed by scientific evidence, it’s possible that the treatment won’t effectively treat (or could even worsen) your condition. Just because a treatment is deemed “new” or “innovative” doesn’t mean that it works properly or better than more traditional treatments.
By choosing the quick fix route first, your oral health may remain in poor condition and you may require additional treatment.
Ignore Quick Fixes and Miracle Cures
Instead of opting for a treatment that is not proven to work and could harm you further, a better idea is to schedule an appointment with a periodontist when you notice signs of periodontal disease:
- red, swollen gums
- tender gums
- bleeding while brushing
- bleeding while flossing
- gums that are receding/pulling away from the teeth
- loose or separating teeth
What Is A Periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. They are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, and their education and experience allow them to effectively treat periodontal disease using clinically proven treatments such as scaling and root planing, soft tissue grafts, and regenerative procedures.
A periodontist will evaluate your unique condition, and offer the treatment that is best for you; one that is supported by both science and experience. Your periodontist can also answer any questions that you may have about alternate treatment options.
What If I Need Periodontal Work?
If you or someone you know is considering treatment for periodontal disease, do some research on the disease and its treatment. Perio.org has information about the latest research and treatment options available. You may also want to talk to friends or relatives who have had periodontal treatment and learn about their experiences. By learning about different treatment plans, you will be prepared to discuss your options with your periodontist.
Don’t Let a Quick Fix Ruin Your Health
Your health is invaluable. While quick fixes for periodontal disease and other ailments may seem like a good option, it’s a better idea to research treatment options and discuss them with your healthcare providers first. The discussion has the possibility of saving you time and money in the long run.
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THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PERIODONTOLOGY PATIENT PAGE IS A PUBLIC SERVICE OF THE AAP AND SHOULD NOT BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE CARE AND ADVICE OF YOUR PERSONAL PERIODONTIST AFTER A THOROUGH EXAM. THERE MAY BE VARIATIONS IN TREATMENT THAT YOUR PERIODONTIST WILL RECOMMEND BASED ON INDIVIDUAL FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES PER PATIENT. VISIT PERIO.ORG TO ASSESS YOUR RISK AND FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PERIODONTAL DISEASE.