Periodontal, or gum disease, is an infection of the supporting tissues and bone which hold the teeth in place.
Generally affecting adults in their 30s, 40s, and 50s, periodontal diseases are caused due to a number of reasons such as poor oral health, genetic susceptibility, chronic illnesses like diabetes, smoking, and certain medications. This infection can also contribute to heart disease, diabetes, premature aging, and weight gain. The infection continues to circulate throughout the body via the blood system and affects every major organ in the body, 24 hours a day!
Treatment for Periodontal Disease used to consist of but one way, scaling and root planning, as well as invasive surgery. In addition, the dentist had no idea which type(s) of bacteria may be present.
Oral DNA and Laser Periodontal Therapy is a less traumatic and much more effective procedure to treat Periodontal Disease. The Oral DNA identifies exactly which type(s) of bacteria are actively causing the infection. Based on the results, we are able to prescribe the proper antibiotics targeting those bacteria. We then utilize the Laser to access the infected pockets and to treat the infected tissue. Laser treatment is more comfortable and evidence suggests that it helps to stimulate regeneration of tissue.
A topical antibiotic, which is effective for 3 weeks, is placed in the clean pocket. With proper home care and regular visits to the dentist, your Periodontal Disease can be treated and allows you to maintain teeth for the rest of your life, as well as improve the health of your entire body. It is a fact that the continual bombardment of your body with the infection and inflammation of Periodontal Disease, is devastating to all of your organs.
Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by Couchman Center for Complete Dentistry. To determine if you have Periodontal Disease, call 719-593- 0263 for an appointment.