Dentist Questions Gingivitis

Is a periodontal follow up needed if my gingivitis is mild?

I'm a 25-year-old woman in the very early stages of gingivitis. Is a periodontal follow up needed if my gingivitis is mild?

7 Answers

I would definitely have her get checked more regularly. Try doing a three-month recall for a year and that should get you into trouble.

Best regards,

Dr. Mark Berkowitz
Yes, it is important to follow up with the doctor so that he can monitor the progression of the disease.
Gum infection is treatable, but not curable. Someone who has had gum infection is always more susceptible to further gum infection. Ongoing follow-ups will help manage the disease.
Gingivitis is reversible inflammation of the gums, initiated by your body’s immune response against bacteria. Generally, at this stage, thorough flossing and brushing should eliminate it within a few days. However, if the inflammation persists or increases in severity for more than a week, you should see a periodontist, since gingivitis may progress to periodontitis, resulting in irreversible bone loss or support.

John U. Choi, DDS, PhD
In my opinion, based on my 40 years of experience and my understanding of the research literature, there is no basis for extensive treatment or follow-up with mild peridontitis.
If you do not have boneless issues, at 25 years old you should be able to eliminate mild periodontal issues with diligent home care and more frequent dental cleanings at your dentist. See your dentist every 3-4 months.