Your gums should never be a problem
“Can you do anything for teeth?” came the frantic call.
“What is wrong with your teeth?” I asked used to people asking for help without offering the full background to their problem.
“Oh. Well, you see, I’ve just been to the dentist and he says I need an operation on my gums. He said something about me having a gum disease which causes an infection at the root of my teeth. I am so worried! He said I will lose all my teeth if this gum disease is not cut out. Apart from the cost to do this operation, I just don’t even want to think about the idea of someone cutting into my gums, scraping away the infection and then stitching them back again!” She started to cry.
“Please do come in to see me. That way we can get all your details, then I can see if we can do something to help you”, I offered gently, to help her calm down.
“But do you think you can help?” she persisted.
“I have treated this sort of problem in the past. I can guarantee nothing. If I cannot help, I’ll tell you so”, I reassured her. With that an appointment was scheduled for 3 days later.
She had long brown hair, parted at the side, falling softly to her shoulders. Her brown eyes were troubled. “I didn’tt know this was even going on in my mouth! I had no pain. Just sometimes, when I ate something hard, my mouth would feel a bit sore. The only other sign I had was a tendency for my gums to bleed when I washed or flossed my teeth. Sometimes I also had like a funny bad taste in my mouth. I am meticulous with my mouth hygiene”, she started to get all nervous again. “Now I could lose all my teeth! Just feel so scared”, she ended up in a sobbing plea.