Healthy Gums – Healthy Body
Did you know that more than 47% of people have some level of periodontal or gum disease? According to Perio.org, approximately 64.7 million Americans suffer from the ill-effects of periodontal disease.
Gum disease can start at any time, even in childhood, and be caused by all kinds of factors, including:
- Dry mouth
- Plaque buildup
- Hormonal fluctuations
- Certain medications
- Tooth loss
- and other general health issues
Without treatment, gum disease can begin attacking connective tissue between your teeth and gums, causing them to deteriorate and leading to tooth loss.
That’s absolutely as serious as it sounds. The thing is, gum disease does not only affect your teeth and gums – it affects your entire body!
If you do notice any:
- Bleeding, even while brushing or flossing
- Redness or other gum discoloration
- Puffiness or spotting of the gum tissue
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose teeth
Please call us right away. The sooner we catch gum disease, the easier it is to treat.
Oral Health = Whole Health
While we would not identify as holistic practitioners, Dr. Evans does practice oral-systemic healthcare. This scientifically-based approach to dentistry acknowledges that all of your oral and physical systems are connected and affect each. This is especially true for your gums.
Your gums are mucous membranes. Just like all mucous membranes, when they are healthy, they act as a barrier, preventing penetration by microbes. When they are not, they can act as a direct path for those microbes to enter your bloodstream, severely affecting your health. Gum disease can lead to or worsen:
- Immune system compromise
- Pregnancy difficulties
- Preterm birth and low birth weights
- Heart disease and strokes
- Hard-to-control diabetes
And studies are showing more and more connections every day. Wager Evans Dental in Reno is focused on keeping you going strong, smile, body, and spirit with health-focused care including our laser periodontal therapy and PerioProtect.
The Trouble with Biofilms
The plaque that forms on your teeth is a pathogenic bacterium called a biofilm. The presence of biofilm increases the incidence of illnesses throughout the body, not only in the oral cavity. When gum tissues become inflamed and bleed, bacteria can enter the bloodstream leading to a host of systemic complications. Often periodontal disease can be present with no noticeable symptoms (another reason to take preventive hygiene seriously). Dentistry and medicine are closely linked, and the oral-systemic connection is becoming more clearly understood every day. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, 90% of systemic diseases have oral manifestations.
Laser Periodontal Therapy– the Modern Treatment for Gum Disease
If your gum disease is advanced some dentists would send you to a periodontist for gum-flap surgery. This procedure involves cutting the gum tissue to access and clean below the gum line and the roots. Once cleaned, your gums are stitched back into place. Sound complicated? It is! Dr. Evans wanted to make the process easier for his patients, so he invested in soft-tissue lasers and the training to use them. Soft-tissue lasers make advanced periodontal care so much better! How? With our Reno Laser gum therapy:
Most periodontal procedures can be done right here with no referral to a periodontist
Precision and accuracy rule
No anesthesia is needed
Bleeding, pain, and swelling are limited
No suturing or stitching is required
Recovery time is shorter
It’s clear to see how Reno laser periodontal therapy is the convenient way to reverse periodontal disease, get your gums in the pink, and stay healthy!
Perio Protect – Innovative, At-Home Gum Care
PerioProtect is one of the most user-friendly and non-invasive ways to treat your gums – in the convenience of your own home. No referral to a periodontist. No surgery. And no recovery time. Just easy-to-use infection control in the palm of your hand. With the Wager Evans Dental PerioProtect system, your gums will look and feel better in no time while helping protect your whole body too. And, PerioProtect is the only periodontal-medicine-delivery system with certified FDA clearance. Plus, most of the time, PerioProtect allows us to treat your gums without oral antibiotics!
“Stop referring to a coming post-antibiotic age- It’s already here. You and I are living in a time when some miracle drugs no longer perform miracles and families are being ripped apart by a microscopic enemy. The time for action is now and we can be part of the solution.” – CDC Director Robert Redfield
It’s vital that patients treat oral infections during a pandemic. PerioProtect reduces infection and inflammation without generating aerosols. It is a great solution for periodontal patients who need care now.
“Stop referring to a coming post-antibiotic age- It’s already here. You and I are living in a time when some miracle drugs no longer perform miracles and families are being ripped apart by a microscopic enemy. The time for action is now and we can be part of part of the solution.”
Learn about PerioProtect.