One of the areas of care that we consider vital at Cleveland Center for Integrative Dentistry is attention to periodontal care, or the prevention of gum disease. As a holistic dental practice, we consider the whole body in formulating a patient’s treatment plan. Patients receive complete care, including access to such things as nutrition counseling and other holistic medical professionals. Our integrative periodontal care combines common treatments with expanded services to provide the most comprehensive solutions.
The culprit in periodontal disease is bacteria, which contributes to inflammation and infection of the gums. We recommend a good personal oral hygiene regimen to help combat this bacterial invasion. Any bacterial plaque that remains along the gum line and on the surface of teeth will harden into a substance called tartar. Buildup of tartar can lead to red, swollen, and even bleeding gums. The decline in gum health begins as gingivitis, and will progress to the advanced stage, periodontitis, if not halted. Regular dental visits are an opportunity for the hygienist to remove the tartar, which forms from the plaque that routine care does not remove. Prevention or treatment of gum disease is vital to good health, as risk factors for other health problems increase with the progression of periodontal disease.
Through integration of ozone into periodontal care, CCID patients experience improved outcomes. Ozone’s negative charge causes it to be attracted to bad cells, such as bacteria and viruses, which typically have a positive charge. Ozone penetrates these cell membranes and destroys them, eliminating the harmful substances from the oral environment. The latest technologies and procedures also benefit the health of CCID patients. For example, the use of a periscope allows access beneath the gum line, so that bacteria that is present may be evaluated and identified, in order to specifically target its elimination. Laser therapy may also be included in integrated treatments for periodontal disease to disinfect and clean gum tissue. When deemed appropriate, a patient may be prescribed an additional biological procedure to aid in recovery from the infection.
Maintain your regular professional cleanings and exams for care that aids in the prevention of gum disease. Postponement or avoidance can lead to dramatic negative impacts, ultimately resulting in tooth loss if not controlled. Healthy teeth and gums are the foundation for a beautiful smile. As a CCID patient, you will be in experienced and gentle hands.