With periodontal disease, bone and teeth loss may be the least of your problems. Recent dental studies, including those of the New England Journal of Medicine and Journal of the American College of Cardiology, have affirmed the link between periodontal disease and vascular disease, heart attack, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, pneumonia, and diabetes.
Which means that you’ve got a lot more to lose than your teeth if you’ve got periodontal disease.
How We Diagnose Periodontal Disease
That’s why at Dentistry For Health NY, we have made our innovative, non-surgical periodontic treatment as one of the cornerstones of our dental practice. Upon our patients’ initial oral exam, one of the first things we check for is the bacteria level of their oral environment with our instant microscopic analysis. If we find spirochete bacteria or other pathogens in plaque under their gums, that alerts us that a potentially serious periodontal condition is present, since that bacteria strain can go through the bloodstream and exacerbate serious health conditions.
Taking a plaque sample and looking under a microscope and salivary analysis for periodontal pathogens and your genetics, is critical to evaluating the patient’s status prior to treatment, and to monitor ongoing systemic and local treatment. Often, a patient’s mouth might look healthy with traditional dental analysis, while a microscope slide reveals an invasion of bacteria, white blood cells, amoeba, and other opportunistic organisms. An alarming 75% of American adults have some level of gum disease, and many don’t even suspect that they have it!
Unfortunately, most dentists do not use a microscope or salivary diagnostics and instead rely on traditional methods of assessing the periodontal health of the patient. This involves probing and measuring pocket depth. Anything greater than 3 millimeters of depth is usually an indication of a problem.
Another indication that most dentists consider as proof of periodontal disease is bleeding that appears when probing. But what this is really indicating, is capillary fragility. Although bleeding gums may be an indication of periodontal disease, it may also be present for other reasons, such as low levels of vitamin C, mercury fillings, hormonal imbalances, diet, or birth control pills and other prescription drugs.
The other most common way that periodontal disease is assessed, is by indication of bone loss on an x-ray. However, all these methods only reveal that bone loss has occurred in the past, but to know whether an infection that caused it is still present, a microscopic examination is indispensable.
Effective Gum Therapy
Instead of resorting to invasive gum surgery, at Dentistry For Health NY, we endeavor to help our patients arrest the pathological condition in the mouth that caused the problem.
You can live with a pocket and bone loss and not require gum surgery if the pathological condition is halted. Should we find that bacteria is present, our customized at-home treatment program and periodontal herbal formulas are very effective at eliminating the bacteria and helping your gums to return to normal, and prevent you from developing a serious related condition that could possibly occur in the near future.
Every new patient that we see has an initial screening with microscopic analysis, regardless of whether or not they appear to have a periodontal problem. We cannot count the number of times that a patient’s mouth has seemingly looked healthy when on the slide a raging battle is brewing.
We all know that it is important to brush, floss, and irrigate our gums, but there is also a lot more you can do to keep your gums healthy, along with the rest of your body. That is why we created the HoloDontic™ Experience, and offer effective modalities to reduce oxidative and emotional stress.
We also emphasize a diet high in antioxidants and other super-nutritients, and the reduction or avoidance of certain foods that may interfere with your body’s innate ability to heal itself.
If you’ve been told that you are going to need gum surgery, or if your oral environment seems OK, but you would like to take the optimum prevention measures, we invite you to schedule an oral evaluation. We would like to show you that there is a better way.