If you’ve been a patient of Sierra Smiles for any length of time, you’re probably familiar with our focus on protecting your gums from periodontitis disease and infection. That’s because your gums are an important part of your oral health. Your mouth is the gateway to your body and your gums provide easy access for harmful bacteria that can cause infection in your mouth and lead to other chronic health conditions. To help our patients, we focus heavily on routine brushing and flossing, as well as early intervention with treatments like Perio Protect.
Periodontitis (Gum Disease) Prevention and Reversal
Perio Protect is a leading, non-invasive periodontal treatment that helps you fight gum disease without surgery or scaling. It’s a simple, tray-based system that is designed to fit the exact contours of your teeth and gums to ensure that treatment is concentrated in the most important areas of your mouth. It is a highly beneficial tool in the prevention and reversal of gum disease.
In addition to protecting your mouth, Perio Protect also offers secondary benefits that can help you save money, improve your overall health and take a proactive approach to protecting your teeth and gums. Let’s take a deeper look!
1. Save Money on Dental Treatments and Healthcare
Once your oral health deteriorates, it can become very expensive to treat. This is especially true when the issues you are experiencing are caused by gum disease. When things are going well, your gum health can be maintained by brushing, flossing, and routine visits to the dentist.
Once your gum health begins to decline, however, more complex treatments are required. Without intervention, gum disease can lead to a need for:
- surgical intervention
- tooth removal
- root planing
- other procedures to halt its impact on your mouth
Gum disease also impacts the rest of your body. It is linked to chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Like gum disease itself, these problems can also create costly medical bills and exacerbate chronic conditions.
How Perio Protect Helps Prevent Periodontitis (Gum Disease)
Perio Protect helps you avoid these complications by providing a deep cleaning that penetrates below the gum line to attack bacteria where toothbrushes and floss may not be able to reach.
- The trays are customized to fit snugly around the teeth and gums to deliver medication deep within the gum pocket.
- Killing off this bacteria protects your gums from the irritation and infection that lead to gum disease.
Even better, if you have already been diagnosed with gum disease, it can halt the process in its tracks and help you treat inflammation and infection.
2. Protect the Future of Your Health
As explained above, gum disease has been linked to a variety of chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and obesity. There are many factors that influence how we age, such as environment, diet, exercise and mental health. Recently, however, researchers have begun to delve deeper into the impact oral health can have on the mind and body.
The Links Between Gum Disease and Chronic Illness
Due to this increased focus on the link between gum disease and chronic illness, researchers started looking to see if bacteria from the mouth has traveled to anywhere else in the body.
Sure enough, they discovered the bacteria in the heart and other organs. A recent study has also found the same bacteria in the brains of dementia patients.
All of these conditions have a negative impact on our quality of life as we age. If you are concerned about the future of your complete health, it is vital that you ensure you are caring properly for your teeth and gums, whether you’re in your roaring 20s, fabulous 50s or epic 80s.
Perio Protect trays make it simple to tackle the challenges of gum disease so you can give your body the best health possible as you age. Nearly 70% of adults over the age of 65 have gum disease. At Sierra Smiles, we hope that helping our patients manage their oral health can reduce that number significantly year after year. It’s our way of helping those “golden years” shine.
3. Take the Offensive on Periodontitis Gum Disease
Fighting gum disease is costly, time-consuming and stressful. It is also getting harder for dentists to treat the disease.
- The widespread use of antibiotics has created bacterial strains that are resistant to treatment.
- The bacteria that cause gum disease were already notoriously tricky to destroy.
These factors require patients to take the offensive in their approach to fighting gum disease. Early intervention is the key to stopping the problem before it devolves into tooth loss, surgery or long-term, chronic health conditions.
One of the reasons that we recommend Perio Protect is due to its strength when matched against formidable gum disease bacteria.
While gum bacteria might resist antibiotic treatment, they are not immune to one of Perio Protect’s main ingredients—hydrogen peroxide.
With Perio Protect treatment, custom trays seal the peroxide in along the gum line, trapping the bacteria and destroying it for good. The more consistent and persistent you are about using your trays, the better the outcomes for your oral health .
Give Your Complete Health a Boost
If you’re concerned about the impact of gum disease on your complete health, visit this page or give Sierra Smiles a call to learn more about the benefits of gum-saving treatments like Perio Protect. You can also check out this handy guide that explains more about the impact periodontitis gum disease can have on your body. We can help you establish a healthier mouth for a healthier life.