Hi, my name is Margie, I am a dental hygienist here for Dr. Robert Antolak, the Gentle Dentist in Shelby Township, Michigan and I briefly wanted to talk to you today about periodontal disease. Most people have no idea how a problem it is, the percentage is about 70 to 80 percent of all Americans have some form of it. It could be something as simple as just going to the dentist and having yourself checked each and every time you come in to have a simple screening done which consists of measuring the depth of how far underneath the gum you can go around every individual tooth. It’s something very simple, relatively painless and this can be done actually every 6 months you come in and if you do that you can prevent a major difference in the protocol that would have to be done if you had something that was more extreme, if you let it go for years. It could be something as simple just as a routine scaling, something a little bit more.
Step 2 would be a root planning scale, which is a more in depth scaling that we numb you up, so I can get all the way down to the pocket, remove all the debris, and when you heal, hopefully, those pockets will tighten up to the, closer to the tooth and have better results that way. Or, you’ve got something that’s more extreme and has to have, you have to have surgery. So, to prevent that, all you have to do is come to the dentist regularly, and it can be, noted on your chart and you, you have the charting done. We mark it, we check it each and every time. Just, again, to prevent anything from getting any worse.
So if you come in on a regular basis, things can be so much more bearable than to have to go through surgery. So come visit us in our office in Shelby Township, Michigan. Our number is (586) 247-3500, and we are thegentledentist.com.