Periodontal Disease Increases Health Risks
Periodontal disease (gum disease), including Gingivitis and Periodontitis, are serious infections that, left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. The word periodontal literally means “around the tooth.” Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Gum disease can affect one tooth or many teeth. It begins when the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth) causes the gums to become inflamed.
The Link Between Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease
Very recent research has shown a strong link between Periodontal disease and heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. One theory is that oral bacteria can affect the heart after entering the bloodstream, attaching to fatty plaques in the coronary arteries, then, contribute to clot formation. Blood clots can obstruct normal blood flow, restricting the amount of nutrients and oxygen required for the heart to function properly which can lead to heart attacks. Inflammation of the gums caused by periodontal disease increases plaque build up, which may contribute to swelling of the arteries.
Researchers have found that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as people without periodontal disease. For this reason, we take our role as your dental provider very seriously, knowing that your overall good heath depends on it.
Non-Invasive Periodontal Therapy: In Office
Periodontal health should be achieved in the least invasive and most cost-effective manner. This is often accomplished through ‘non-surgical’ periodontal therapy:
- scaling and root planing (a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus [tartar] from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins)
- followed by adjunctive therapy such as local delivery antimicrobials and host modulation, as needed on a case-by-case basis
Most periodontal experts would agree that after scaling and root planing, many patients do not require any further active treatment, including more comprehensive surgical therapy. However, the majority of patients will require ongoing maintenance regimens to sustain health.
It is the goal of Blue Heron Dentistry to achieve the desired oral health through traditional non-surgical periodontal therapy. However, more severe cases of periodontal disease may need periodontal surgery. In these instances, Dr. Maze may recommend you visit with a periodontal surgeon to restore oral anatomy damaged by periodontal disease
Non-Invasive Therapy for Gum Disease: At Home
The Perio Tray® by Perio Protect
Gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection that is hidden below your gums. Dental cleanings can effectively treat the bacteria, but when you return home the cycle often continues. Bacterial cells grow back in just hours after a cleaning, and toothbrush, rinse and floss can’t reach deep enough to address the infection at home.
The Perio Tray by Perio Protect gently applies medication deep under the gums to fight the infections. You use it at home for just minutes each day. The Tray is comfortable, flexible, and custom-fit precisely for your mouth.
With Perio Tray therapy, you have a new chance against the infections. In additional to healthier gums, patients commonly report whiter teeth and fresher breath. If you’ve been told that you have gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis), ask our team if Perio Trays are right for you.
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Blue Heron Dentistry –
Copley, Bath, Montrose OH
Tuesday: 7:00am – 3:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 5:00pm with lunch from 1-2
Friday: 7:00am – 3:00pm
Easy to reach from I-77 @ Route 18 (Medina Road), and just minutes from Montrose, Bath, Granger and Sharon Townships, Blue Heron Dentistry is in a free-standing building with ample free parking and a traffic light at the entrance to our driveway. Click here for directions.
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