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Pooja SarohaPooja Saroha, DMD
A 'Dental Practice Hero' in the Fight Against Periodontal Disease
Dr. Pooja Saroha has been practicing dentistry for 15 years in the Boston area, and her focus everyday is on preventative dentistry. Because periodontal disease is connected to other chronic diseases and the mouth is the gateway to the body, her practice’s philosophy is based on prevention and early diagnosis of any periodontal complications.
DPS: Why do you believe it is important to proactively diagnose periodontal disease?
PS: Gums are the foundation of the teeth, and I often use the analogy of comparing them to the foundation of a house. If the foundation of a house is not strong, it doesn’t matter how strong you build the other parts of the house. Periodontal diseases can cause infection, pain, and loss of teeth if not treated in a timely manner.
DPS: What do you believe is the appropriate protocol for diagnosing periodontal disease?
PS: It’s important to take radiographs as needed and to take intraoral photographs to establish a baseline record. Clinicians need to perform routine periodontal pocket charting and chart any bleeding, tissue type, recession, or bony defects and identify occlusal interferences. Patient education is a very important step in the process, including following up to see if they have any questions later.
DPS: What are some of your protocols for treating perio disease?
PS: For every perio patient, we collect detailed data about the patient and identify their individual risk factors. We often perform scaling and root planing, provide proper oral hygiene instructions, adjust occlusal interferences, fabricate a night guard if needed, and perform osseous surgery as a last resort.
DPS: What treatment hurdles do you encounter and how do you overcome those hurdles?
PS: It’s sometimes difficult to get patients to understand and accept treatment in early to moderate periodontitis when there is minimal or no pain. I often hear, “But Doctor, nothing is bothering me.” We have a great team that is passionate about early intervention and treatment, and we spend a lot of time educating patients and identifying their individual risk factors. We try not to approach all patients in a cookie cutter approach, but instead work one-on-one with them based on their specific needs. It is very rewarding to see patents save teeth that would have been lost otherwise!