I'd rather my teeth not fall out, in all honesty
December 17, 2010 7:31 AM Subscribe
I have finally gone to the dentist after five years of not being able to afford it. The dentist tells me I have gingivitis and need a $300 treatment. My question is... do I? Do I really
posted by meese to Health & Fitness (32 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
First off, I should explain that I don't like this particular dentist, and I won't be going back to her office. For a long series of reasons, I found my visit to be disturbing, so I'm not inclined to trust her opinion. If I get the gingivitis treatment, I'll be finding a new dentist to give it to me.
All I really know about gingivitis comes from a childhood of watching Scope Mouthwash commercials. I've tried finding some information online, but the sites seem contradictory. They say things like, "gingivitis is not a serious condition," but also, "you need to take gingivitis seriously." I just don't know how to understand that.
Second, given all the pictures I've seen online, along with the lists of symptoms, if I have gingivitis, it doesn't seem like a very bad case: my gums don't look disgusting at all the way that the gingivitis pictures do. Then again, I also understand that I'm not a professional and not qualified to really judge the state of my gums at all.
Third, the intertubes also describe the treatment for gingivitis as painful and difficult... And, I have recently been harmed by doctors encouraging me to get painful and difficult procedures done when, as I found out later, I probably shouldn't have. So, I'm trying to be less trusting of people in labcoats and more hesitant to agree to procedures.
So, can you give me some more information about how seriously I should be treating this diagnosis? Should I be running to find a new dentist immediately, in order to get a $300 treatment? Is gingivitis the sort of thing that can be serious and require such treatment even if your gums do not have the appearance that the online sites claim they should?
In short, should I just focus on flossing more regularly, or do I need to get to another dentist asap?