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A 23-year-old female asked:

My hygienist probed my gums and in two areas he found an 8mm reading - does this mean periodontitis? other areas ranged from 3-7. i'm 23 and terrified

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Periodontitis: Periodontal disease is the loss of bone structure around the teeth. It can be localized or generalized. Pocket depths and radiographs help determine the diagnosis. You have some issues and certainly need treatment. Don't delay. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Periodontitis
Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
Dentistry 38 years experience
Perio treatment: The pocket depths, if accurate indicate the immediate need for periodontal care and the possible referral to a periodontist and possibly to your primary care MD to rule out any underlying medical issues.

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