Healthy Mouth – Healthy Body

The mouth is a window into the health of the body.   It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection.  Periodontal disease is one of the most prevalent diseases of human kind affecting more than 80% of adults age 35-44 in the United States, according to the World Health Organization.

What is periodontal disease?   It is an inflammatory infectious process dependent upon bacteria and host response.  Some researchers’ suspect that the bacteria and inflammation associated with periodontal disease is linked with other health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, and diabetes.

Why is periodontal disease so prevalent? The answer is biofilm. The oral bacteria that cause periodontal disease live predominantly in communities called biofilms.  Bacterial communication in a biofilm resembles the activity of a multi-cellular organism and enables resistance to antibiotics and other defensive abilities. Normal brushing and flossing often cannot control or eliminate biofilm to the extent needed to prevent gum disease.

Conventional periodontal treatments also fail to adequately address biofilm.  Invasive procedures like gum surgery, laser treatments, scaling and root planning all make important contributions in Periodontal Treatment but are incapable of controlling biofilm over time.  Bacteria are constantly reintroduced into the mouth that has the potential to re-colonize the tooth surface with new biofilm. How can a person tell if they have periodontal disease? Visit your dentist and have a periodontal charting and diagnosis.

Signs of Periodontal Disease:

1. Gums that bleed during brushing.
2. Persistent Bad Breath.
3. Loose or separating teeth.
4. A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.

What can be done to effectively treat biofilm? We now understand that current Periodontal Treatments are inadequate in killing the entire colony of bacteria.  What has been needed is a break through treatment capable of killing the entire bacterial colony on the teeth.   Furthermore the treatment must be continued in your home.  Here at Ashland Dental Associates and the Office of Dr. Benson, we are introducing an advanced method for treating periodontal disease.

Introducing Perio Protect
The ingenious Perio Protect treatment protocol delivers doctor selected anti bacterial agents under the gum using a pre-treated delivery tray that seals the gum tissues.  The FDA has cleared the Perio Tray as a prescription medical device for sub gingival delivery of medication, for home use.  Our office is a registered Perio Protect provider.  Patients now have preferred medical treatment for long term management of periodontal disease.  For more information or to schedule an appointment for a diagnosis call Dr. Benson’s office at 541-482-1746.