Gum Disease Awareness and New Patient Special

open-uri20121216-30526-1dw3005Dear patients, while reading dental journals, I often come across new developments in the science of dentistry, but I realize people like you don’t often become aware of these important ideas since the media reports so little of it. So, once in a while I like to keep my patients informed of crucial breakthroughs and other pertinent dental information that can be so important for you, your family and friends. I believe it’s part of my responsibility, so for your consideration, here are these unique, even revolutionary developments.

NEW AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION (ADA) GUIDELINES FOR DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF GUM DISEASE: HOW TO SAVE MONEY AND YOUR TEETH, TOO!

FlexibleFaceThe ADA has recently given us much stricter guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease, and we now find that many adults, and yes, even some children, have progressing gum disease and bone loss. This potentially destructive disease often occurs without noticeable symptoms until it’s very advanced. By that time the bond destruction is extensive, and it’s sometimes too late to do anything about it.

For a limited time, to encourage you to protect  your teeth, and to save you money from future visits, your periodic exam (check-up) will be only $29 for New Patients, when you pay for your cleaning and x-rays (if necessary) in full with cash, check or major credit card at the time of your visit. This is also our way of encouraging new patients not to put off those all-important continuing care check-ups and cleanings that are so necessary to protect what you’ve already invested in your dental care, as well as your continued good health. For our current patients, we encourage you to stay on schedule, and come in and see us if there is a change in your health. We will give you your exam when it is needed while you are in for a regular cleaning or procedure, and we will be sure to keep your health current, and your smile the widest it’s ever been.

We’re doing this for new patients, and continuing to inform our current patients, because we know that more teeth are lost to gum disease each year than to all the other causes of tooth loss combined. It’s the number one reason for tooth loss today, even though medicine has come so far, and the number one reason why, is that patients don’t get their check-ups, and don’t realize they have an issue until it is too late. Just like breast cancer, or prostate cancer, gum disease can be effectively neutralized and rendered harmless when it is detected early. It can also go too far too quickly when a patient ignores or is unaware of their current health.

imagesEven if you think, “well I’ll eventually just get dentures or implants anyways…”, you’re just ignoring your health, and the reasons for your tooth loss may be very easy to fix, if you just visit your dentist. It may be because of gum disease, and that can lead not only to complete tooth loss, but eventually to bone degeneration, where your jaw begins to recede and decay, and by then you’ll have problems eating too, not to mention smiling.

Even when a person thinks that they’ll eventually get dentures, the problem is that the gum disease destroys so much of the supporting bone and tissues that there’s nothing left to support the dentures or implants; there simply won’t be a place to put them, and whatever is anchored to your bone will hurt when speaking and loosen when eating, and you’ll never be the same again. There are some things we can do for such people, and if put in early enough, implants can help regenerate bone tissue and stem bone loss, but nothing works as well as your natural teeth.

Even if you can’t find the time to come in now, just call or come by our office and you can pre-pay and schedule an appointment for when you do have the time so you can take advantage of this New Patient Special of our $29 GOOD-HEALTH GUM DISEASE EXAM when paying for a cleaning and/or x-rays at time of visit or before.

THE BOTTOM LINE:

Good family economics is good dentistry. We’ll do our part by helping you with flexible payments. For patients who qualify, we’ll arrange a personal financial plan for your care. There are many options available, so it just doesn’t make sense to wait until it costs more.

“Don’t hesitate to contact us about any concerns you may have about your next visit! My staff and I are more than happy to answer any questions you might have about any other dental or safety procedures.”

— Dr. Harold Perlaza, Sherman Oaks Dentistry – Where Smiles Change Every Day™

P.S. Please be sure to have your friends or family mention your name so that we can personally thank you for introducing them to us and our practice. We’re happy to help any family members or friends to continue their path towards healthy teeth & gums.