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Brace yourself for periodontal disease.

Posted Aug 19 2009 6:25pm

adult braces I received this email from a reader about adult braces and periodontal disease. I’m publishing it to help you if you’re considering getting braces.

“Thank you, Saundra, for helping. I have always had nearly perfect teeth and was stunned to find out I had periodontal disease. I am 50 years old and want to do all I can to keep my teeth.

I do not believe that periodontal disease is always a result of neglect. Mine resulted from having braces as an adult (30 years old). When the teeth are moved by the braces there becomes room for food to get in between the teeth and supporting tissue. Adults considering braces should be aware of this risk. I was told before hand that this was a risk by my orthodontist, used floss, waterpic, etc. and still got it.” Thanks for sharing your story, A.  Does it matter if your braces are clear or metal? If you are planning to get braces, have an open, honest discussion with your dental professional. Ask questions!

What’s your experience? Help others and leave a comment.

Saundra Goodman
Got Teeth? A Survivor’s Guide
How to keep your teeth or live without them.

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