The office insists on doing irrigation, on a periodontal followup, which is not covered by insurance. How important is this procedure--(It will cost $43 and I'm far from well-off).

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 16 - December - 2011, at 01:57 AM

  • Oral irrigation is an adjunct procedure which increases the benefit of deep cleaning.  Need of particular procedure is dependent on condition of patient’s mouth. Oral irrigation is done to remove the deposits and debris which is present on or in between the teeth.  It removes the bacteria and debris which can lead to various gum infections and is certainly useful for a person with gum disease. Irrigation can also be done with chemicals such as chlorohexidine, betadine, stannous fluoride or tetracycline.   Periodontal irrigation is beneficial for gums and is not an unnecessary procedure. To have healthy gums and to avoid gum infections, it is important to brush and floss regularly and maintain good oral hygiene. For more info on good oral hygiene, refer to..... http://www.identalhub.com/article_good-oral-hygiene-231.aspx

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