Perio-Protect® at Aesthetic Dental
Please use the following links below and the video on the right to learn more about the relationship between Periodontal Disease and other serious illnesses including heart disease, stroke and pancreatic cancer. Gum disease is a chronic, low-grade infections that can affect every organ system in your body.
Perio-Protect Patient Info
“You are not alone. Millions of Americans have gum disease: gingivitis or periodontitis. The disease is the body’s response to a bacterial infection in your gum tissue. Common symptoms of oral bacterial infections in the gum tissue include...” (more after the jump)
Assess Your Gum Disease Risk
“Could you be one of the millions of people who have gum disease and don't know it? The American Academy of Periodontology's risk assessment test will help you see if you are at risk for having or developing periodontal (gum) disease. Millions of people don't know they have this serious infection that can lead to tooth loss if not treated....” (more after the jump)
Periodontal Disease, Gum Disease and Heart Health
“If you're worried about heart disease, you can easily spend thousands of dollars each year trying to prevent it, paying hand over fist for prescription medicines, shelves of healthy cookbooks, fitness machines for your home, and a gym membership. Or maybe not. A number of recent studies suggest that you may already have a cheap and powerful weapon against heart attacks, strokes, and...” (more after the jump)
Gum Disease Linked to Chronic Health Conditions
New York Presbyterian Hospital
“Neglected oral hygiene brings to mind problems like decaying teeth, swollen gums, and bad breath. But medical experts say an unhealthy, bacteria-filled mouth can also lead to a host of problems throughout the body, such as heart disease, diabetes, blood infection, and even low birth-weight babies....” (more after the jump)
Video On Cardiovascular Health And Gum Disease
“Periodontal disease increases the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and infective endocarditis...” (more after the jump)
Pancreatic Cancer and Gum Disease
“A new study from Harvard has linked gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, to pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer has been named as the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, more than 30,000 Americans are expected to lose their lives to pancreatic...” (more after the jump)
Gum Disease Linked to Heart Disease, Diabetes
“The mouth is the window to the body. It is both an indicator of the body's overall health, and a potential starting point for inflammation of the gums (periodontal disease), which affects three out of four adults age 35 and over, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention....” (more after the jump)
New Study Confirms Periodontal Disease Linked to Heart Disease
“A newly published study in the Journal of Periodontology confirms recent findings that people with periodontal disease are at a greater risk of systemic diseases such as cardiovascular...” (more after the jump)
Gum Disease Links to Heart Disease and Stroke
“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...” (more after the jump)
At Aesthetic Dental we use a comprehensive method called Perio Protect® that is customized for individual patients to help manage biofilms - communities of bacteria - growing in the spaces or pockets between teeth and gum tissue. The overall goal of the Perio Protect Method™ is to manage oral biofilm with minimally invasive dentistry for lasting oral health.
How It Works
Dr. Hyde uses the Perio Protect Method™, which combines a non-invasive chemical therapy with the mechanical debridement (removal) of biofilm. The chemical therapy relies on the tray delivery of doctor-prescribed solutions to chemically debride biofilm from the periodontal pocket and alter the pocket's microbiological environment to disrupt biofilm growth.
The standard cleaning procedures in dental offices (e.g. scaling and root planing) help remove plaque and tartar and help reduce bacteria, but unfortunately bacteria reproduce quickly and biofilms regenerate very easily, so it is difficult to control them between office visits.
With the Perio Protect Method, you can place prescribed solutions into periodontal pockets with an appropriately formed, customized dental tray between office visits to help manage biofilm. Although a dentist must choose the most appropriate solution for individual patients, the most commonly prescribed solution with the Method has oxidizing and oxygenating agents. Oxidizing agents debride (chemically remove) the slimy protective coating of a biofilm and its underlying layers and also cleanse the oral wounds. Oxygenating agents introduce oxygen into the anaerobic (oxygen depleted) periodontal environment, altering the environment so that harmful anaerobic bacteria can no longer survive.