Dentistry and medicine are closely linked, 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.
Did you know, more than 85% of people have some level of periodontal or gum disease? That means they are at an increased risk for serious health issues.
While we never want to minimize the importance of strong healthy teeth, we now know that prioritizing your total oral health including gum health and good breathing can have a significant impact on your total health and quality of life.
Good oral hygiene is critical. 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; gum tissues become inflamed and bleed, bacteria can enter the blood stream, this can create many systemic implications. Often periodontal disease can be present with no noticeable symptoms (another reason to take preventive hygiene seriously). Dentists trained in diagnosing periodontal disease can spot changes within the mouth, that could potentially be a sign of a larger issue. Recent research has linked gum disease to an increased risk of chronic inflammation that taxes the immune system and compromises patients’ ability to fight off:
- Heart Attack
- Some cancers, including pancreatic cancer
- Joint issues, including Rheumatoid arthritis
- Complications in controlling blood sugar levels in diabetes
- Pre-term birth and low birth-weight babies
- and other serious health conditions.
Even if you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, there is good news. With advanced techniques and technologies, gum disease is treatable – even reversible. Because the physical destruction of biofilm underneath gum tissues cannot be accomplished with your home care routine alone, we recommend treating this infection as soon as it is identified, with a personalized diagnosis and treatment combination of in-office professional care and guided self-care at home.
CDC Director Robert Redfield Tells us to-
“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.”
The Perio Protect treatment approach uniquely adds more effective home-care to a treatment plan. Bacteria that cause inflammation and disease are hidden deep below the gums and are extremely difficult to manage at home with toothbrushes, rinses and floss. The Perio Tray has many advantages as a gum disease treatment device, but perhaps the most important benefits of the Perio Tray is that it is a more comfortable, more effective, and less invasive option to deliver medication to infected tissue deep below the gums that cannot be reached using toothbrushes, dental floss, or mouthwashes. In fact, the Perio Protect Tray was created to help patients fight or prevent periodontal diseases in the most minimally invasive way possible.
It’s vital that patients treat oral infections during a pandemic. Perio Protect reduces infection and inflammation without generating aerosols. It is a great solution for periodontal patients with delayed care.
We want to encourage you to take care of your overall health. If you have any of these symptoms, call us right away.