Happy New Year!
Are you treating your patients for the active infection they have or what insurance will pay? That is always the question. So lets start this year off different.
The AAP has updated periodontal issues with different stages for treatment. If you need more information we can help you.
Today I am starting with the treatment of the little ones. Children and teens also have active disease so treatment for gingivitis is so important.
This is a reminder that we can and will work hard this year to provide the best treatment to all. Including our young patients. Stop treatment planning
for what is covered but what is needed. You can help your patients maximize benefits if you are working with them, but please do more to educate them
to understand the need.
Visit Cigna and Delta to get their benefits for patients with systemic issues and periodontal issues.
This week we will start with the updated periodontal issues. If you have not learned the new staging, contact us at Links2success or dentalmedicalbilling.com to learn more.
TYPES OF PERIODONTAL DISEASES IN CHILDREN
Chronic gingivitis is common in children. It usually causes gum tissue to swell, turn red and bleed easily. Gingivitis is both preventable and treatable with a regular routine of brushing, flossing and professional dental care. However, left untreated, it can eventually advance to more serious forms of periodontal disease.
Aggressive periodontitis can affect young people who are otherwise healthy. Localized aggressive periodontitis is found in teenagers and young adults and affects the first molars and incisors. It is characterized by the severe loss of alveolar bone, and ironically, patients form little dental plaque or calculus.
Generalized aggressive periodontitis may begin around puberty and involve the entire mouth. It is marked by inflammation of the gums and heavy accumulations of plaque and calculus. Eventually it can cause the teeth to become loose.
SIGNS OF PERIODONTAL DISEASE
Four basic signs will alert you to periodontal disease in your child:
Bleeding gums during tooth brushing, flossing or any other time
Swollen and bright red gums
Gums that have receded away from the teeth, sometimes exposing the roots
Constant bad breath that does not clear up with brushing and flossing
Most Important: Many dental plans have added treatments available for patients with active infection. Visit delta dental site called HOW!