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    Question:
    I haven't been to the dentist for about 10 some years, I believe I do have severe gingivitis. I am horriblily terrified of going but as each day passes, I start to not like my teeth at the state that they are in. With severe gingivitis, would I have to have All of my teeth taken out and use false teeth for the rest of my life?

    The whole idea of going to a dentist has kinda lingered in the back of my mind for years now. What is my best bet, taking inconsideration that I most likly have severe gingivitis? What boggles my mind is that I'm only 18. ...Visitor from CA

    Answer:
    Your question about gingivitis and fear about coming to the dentist is very common and not something to be embarrassed about. You should schedule an appointment to have a general exam and full mouth x-rays to evaluate you present condition. This will be a painless visit and should answer many questions you have.

    You should not jump to conclusions about loosing any teeth (especially at your young age) until you have had a complete dental exam. Many dentists now offer sedation dentistry to address your fears and concerns about pain. You may be a good candidate for this.

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