First visit to a dentist at 51-years

Gum Disease

This is this lady’s first visit to a dentist for pain in her upper molar. She gets pain while taking anything cold in the upper molar region on the left side. I found problem with her wisdom molar ie third molar on left side and is being given proper treatement.

In the meantime, I just enquired whether she has had any other dental problem. No, she said. But a look at her lower gums tell a different story. You can see there is inflammation of gums and heavy tartar deposits. However, she does not remember whether she ever got bleeding from gums, means she never had.

This picture of this middle aged healthy lady indicates a number of things – the dental and gum diseases are very slow progressing and painless to start with and their progression is much dependent on the immunity of the person. That’s why there is a great need for regular dental periodic check –up every 6 months. Further, this picture throws light on the poor awareness of the masses about the dental diseases.

And have you also noticed that apart from the gums in the lower front regions, the gums in other areas of mouth are in reasonably good health – in the upper gums, even the stippling characteristic of the gums is seen —what is that ? – it is orange-peel appearance of healthy gums which we are noticing on the gums covering the upper teeth.

When I see such patients, I definitely thank Almightly for being so kind to them and their teeth inspite of so-much neglect from their side.

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About drparveenchopra

Dr Parveen Chopra is Masters in Dental Surgery.. with 35 years of experience in dentistry. For trying his hand in health writing, he studied Communication for seven years. He is a blogger since 2007- he enjoys writing in conversational style.
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