Periodontal disease is on the rise and it is thought to be due to the modern diet. Studies of microbes in the mouths of our ancient ancestors have shown that as our diets changed so too did the amount of pathogenic oral bacteria. Our oral cavities are filled with good bacteria and bad bacteria. The good bacteria help keep the bad bacteria in balance, but as our diets shifted over from natural foods such as meat and vegetables to carbohydrates, processed flour, and sugar, the bad bacteria began to win out. Half of today’s population, 30 and older, have gum disease. Those over the age of 65 have a higher incidence. Therefore, if you are over the age of 30, there may be a chance that a Perio Tray® is what you need.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Gum disease is caused by the buildup of bacterial plaque on your teeth and around your gum line. Periodontal disease can be kept at bay with proper oral hygiene. Once you brush, plaque immediately begins to build up again. If it is not removed within 22 hours it can begin to cause decay. Left untreated plaque calcifies into tartar, a cement-like material. Plaque can be removed via brushing, but tartar cannot. Once plaque calcifies into tartar it can only be removed via a professional dental cleaning. That’s why brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, and attending your regularly scheduled professional cleanings is so important to your dental health.
Depending upon the stage and severity of the disease, treatment may include a Perio Tray®. A Perio Tray® is a custom-fit tray filled with medication. Worn for only minutes a day, the medication treats the patient’s periodontal pockets in a non-invasive, easy, and comfortable way.
About Your Reno Dentists
Dr. William Wager, Dr. Brian Evans, and our highly experienced team at Wager Evans Dental are devoted to our patients and their families, and dedicated to providing first-rate dental care in a comfortable, inviting environment. Located in Reno, we proudly welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 829-7700.