Peridontal here with questions
New here and have a few questions. Than you for taking the time to read my post.
I'm 40 and have Periodontal. My gums are really receeded and I have large pockets on almost all of them and have bone loss. None of my teeth are loose but my day is coming soon. I was told in my 20's I would likely start losing teeth in my late 30's but it hasn't happened yet. Bad teeth is in my entire family and I often wonder if it's hereditary. I've had sinus problems for 20 years, not sure if that's related.
I have terrible habits, I brush only once or twice a day and never before bed. I don't floss and don't use mouthwash. I go to the dentist for a cleaning once a year and basically just tell them I can't afford everything they want to do to me (my insurance stinks). Xrays alone - a few hundred dollars I don't have.
For the last few weeks all my teeth have been really sensitive, something I've never had a problem with before. My whole mouth is just sensitive, I don't know how to describe it other than that. Has anyone with Periodontal experienced this and is the next step loosing teeth? I'm very worried.
I don't know anything about what my options are for when my teeth do start falling out. Do I wear dentures? Do they have tooth implants or something like a fake tooth they screw into my jawbone? What happens?
My other questions are I'd like to start (I know too late) taking better care of my teeth. What should I be doing? Brushing after every meal? Flossing after every meal? Mouthwash?
Any help and suggestions greatly appreciated.