The “peridontium” is a fancy word for the gums and bone around the teeth. Therapy to help maintain these tissues is referred to as periodontal treatment.
What is gum disease?
Periodontal disease is most often seen with buildup of plaque and calculus (“tartar”) on the teeth. The bacteria and toxins in the calculus, in turn, cause an inflammatory response in the bone and tissue. As these tissues are damaged/lost over time, it becomes harder to keep the area clean, and a vicious circle develops. Some people are naturally more prone to periodontal disease. General health, diet, smoking, alcohol consumption, etc., are also factors.
What can we do to treat gum disease?
Once the areas are cleaned, we will make sure that you are able to clean things thoroughly at home. We may also disinfect the area with a laser or use certain antibiotic therapies and rinses to keep things healthy. Sometimes we will also reshape the teeth or gums to allow easier cleaning.
What is bacterial DNA testing?
In some cases that do not respond to conventional therapy, we will test your mouth to try to determine the amount and types of "bad" bacteria and yeast organisms present. Sometimes we can use a targeted medication protocol based on your test results that can help with your treatment. Interestingly the company that does this testing, OraVital, is based in Canada, and they have some information about the process on their website.
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