The Brand Wellness Center - Enlightened Dentistry
I went to Dr. Brand 6 months ago with the beginnings of periodontal disease. A hydrofloss and 2 cleanings later, and she told me that my gums are now pink and healthy and no longer bleeding.
I really appreciate the fact that she focuses on natural and alternative therapies.
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Natural Gum Care
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Periodontal (gum) disease is caused by a serious infection that can spread around the root of the teeth, causing bone loss, and if left untreated, tooth loss. We will skillfully evaluate your condition and depending on its severity, recommend advanced, yet natural periodontal home care using non-surgical simple periodontal treatments. This may include use of a magnetic irrigator, herbal dental products, nutritional supplements, homeopathy and easy oral hygiene home care. Non-surgical periodontal gum treatment with the use of Laser and Ozone Technologies may also be advised.
Gum Disease Symptoms
It is imperative to keep a close watch on potential gum disease symptoms. Allowing your dentist to make an early diagnosis can be the difference between easy non-surgical periodontal treatment and full-blown gum surgery. Symptoms to keep an eye on include:
- Mouth pain
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Increasing space between the teeth
- Gums that feel swollen or tender
- Gums that appear to be receding, making your teeth appear longer
- Persistent bad breath
- The oozing of pus (white liquid) from your gums
- Changes in your bite and the way your teeth fit together
- Sores in your mouth
How is Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treated?
If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, we may recommend non-surgical periodontal treatment. For advanced cases, gum surgery may be required. The biggest factor in the treatment options available to you will be how quickly your gum disease is detected and how well your home care is implemented.
We use advanced non invasive technologies of ozone, lasers, ultrasonic cleaners, magnetic irrigators, herbal products and improved nutritional supplementation to elevate your periodontal status to a healthier situation.
Call us for a Periodontal Consultation. We can help. Your deserve a healthy mouth and we will work with you to achieve this.
See our blogs Gum Disease is Contagious and Oral Probiotics for more insights.
Several theories exist to explain the link between periodontal disease and heart disease. One theory is that oral bacteria can affect the heart when they enter the blood stream, attaching to fatty plaques in the coronary arteries (heart blood vessels) and contributing to clot formation.
Coronary artery disease is characterized by a thickening of the walls of the coronary arteries due to the buildup of fatty proteins. Blood clots can obstruct normal blood flow, restricting the amount of nutrients and oxygen required for the heart to function properly. This may lead to heart attacks.
Another possibility is that the inflammation caused by periodontal disease increases plaque build up, which may contribute to swelling of the arteries.
Researchers have found that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease can also exacerbate existing heart conditions. Patients at risk for bacterial endocarditis may require antibiotics prior to dental procedures. Your physician or cardiologist should determine if your heart condition requires use of antibiotics prior to dental procedures.
Additional studies have pointed to a relationship between periodontal disease and stroke. In one study that looked at the causal relationship of oral infection as a risk factor for stroke, people diagnosed with acute cerebrovascular ischemia were found more likely to have an oral infection when compared to those in the control group.
Other Mouth-Body Connections
As a precautionary screening procedure, your blood pressure, saliva pH, oxygen saturation values, and your Medical History are always reviewed at each Hygiene visit.
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I had periodontal disease when I first came and now I don't! Dr. Brand recommended homeopathic treatments and other natural oral care products and those helped me turn around my dental situation for the better. I enjoy fresh taste in my mouth; to me
that's what health tastes like!
At our office, we use clinical laboratory services from OralDNA Labs® to ensure we are giving our patients the best oral health information possible. OralDNA Labs® is a specialty diagnostics company that provides simple, reliable and definitive clinical tests that guide dental professionals in detecting and prognosing periodontal disease and oral cancer at an earlier, more treatable stage.