Don’t Let Gum Disease Kill You!
Recently, there has been no shortage of studies proving a direct link between the bacteria in gum disease and a wide variety of overall health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, and chronic inflammation. It is now believed that maintaining good gum health doesn’t just save your teeth, but actually extends your lifespan.
Strangely enough, most of the symptoms of gum disease are not painful and you may not know you have it until you have lost a considerable amount of bone around your teeth. Some of the signs to look for are:
- Bleeding gums when brushing, flossing, or eating hard foods
- Pus oozing when you press on your gum
- Persistent bad breath
- Mouth sores
- Gums that are pulling away from the teeth
- Swollen or red gums
- A change in your bite
- A change in how your partial dentures fit
- Loose teeth
Periodontal disease is all about bacteria living under the gum line around the roots of your teeth. The bacteria eat the food that you eat, send waste products around the gums, and destroy the gum attachment to the teeth, creating deep pockets. A normal space between the gum and the teeth is 3 mm. A pocket with gum disease can be 4, 5, 6 or even up to 10 mm deep. Eventually, the bacteria attacks the bone and the teeth start to become loose.
Traditional treatment of gum disease ranges from deep cleanings to periodontal surgery. The surgery involves cutting and repositioning the gum tissue to eliminate the deep pockets. What follows is a long and uncomfortable healing process. At NY Center for Minimally Invasive Dentistry, Dr. Silver offers non-surgical alternatives that are precise, natural, and comfortable for the patient while still creating stellar results here in Midtown. These options include scaling and root planing, state-of-the-art soft tissue laser treatment, and revitalizing ozone therapy.
Multiple studies have validated the successful use of ozone to destroy decay deep in the gum pockets, first as a gas and then in the form of ozonated oil that’s placed gently in the area to remain and continue wiping out bacteria, speeding up healing. With repeated applications and some fine-tuned home care, it is possible to help you shrink those pockets. Not only do you get rid of the bacteria, but you actually change the architecture of your gums so that they don’t shelter bacteria in the first place.
Sadly, this treatment is not yet widespread and there are fewer than 100 ozone dentists in the entire country. Of those, only a percentage practice Minimally Invasive Ozone Dentistry (MIOD) where extra measures are taken to preserve healthy gum and tooth structure. Thankfully, patients in need of natural solutions can find the support and skill they need by contacting us today.