I speak a lot about periodontitis, or periodontal disease, in general terms. But did you know there are different types of periodontal diseases? One of the least common, but more destructive forms is called localized juvenile periodontitis.
As opposed to adult periodontitis, localized juvenile periodontitis is seen mainly in young people around the time of puberty and affects the molars and incisors. Among the distinctions that separate this form of periodontitis are the low incidence of bacteria in the periodontal pocket, minimal plaque formation, and mild inflammation.
Treatment for this form of periodontal disease is critical because the rate of bone loss is about three to four times faster than in chronic adult periodontitis. It is because of this rapid deterioration that I am careful to properly monitor all of my patients, particularly the young.
I use a combination of scaling, root planing, ozone therapy and antibiotics to treat localized juvenile periodontitis. The bacteria are particularly susceptible to tetracycline or doxycycline. Surgery is not usually needed, unless the periodontitis is severe.
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It’s important to stress to parents that periodontal disease is not just an “adult” disease. Poor toothbrushing and flossing habits can lead to gingivitis, and then periodontitis. If children are not seen by a dentist on a regular basis, major problems can occur – including tooth loss.
Get serious about the oral health of your children. Their teeth depend on it.