Non-Surgical, Biocompatible Periodontal Therapy (BPT)

Gum disease, or as it is more properly termed "periodontal disease or periodontitis," is the number one chronic infectious disease in the world! It affects over 50% of the American adult population in various stages. It increases with age, and those people aged 70 years and older have a rate of periodontitis of 86%.

Overwhelming amounts of research has shown that periodontitis is a major cause and contributing factor in heart disease. Some research has even shown periodontitis to be a more important factor in heart disease than smoking! Periodontitis also increases the rate of premature, low birth weight babies, respiratory disease, and it is a great risk factor for those with diabetes.

The manner of treatment of periodontitis has classically been gum surgery. However, this method of treatment has been shown to be a miserable failure because surgery treats only the signs and symptoms of gum disease such as bleeding gums, loose teeth, pockets between the gums and bone, and others. Surgery does not treat the actual cause of the disease---infection.

Furthermore, classical diagnosis of periodontitis does not approach the disease until it is moderate to advanced in its negative effects. In no way is this classical diagnosis and surgical treatment preventive. It is reactive!

Biocompatible Periodontal Therapy, (BPT) Non-Surgical Treatment of Gum Disease

At NIHA we offer Biocompatible Periodontal Therapy (BPT) which is based on the use of all of the classical signs and symptoms, but uses a microscope for early detection, to define what the most effective treatment regimen will be, and to monitor how effective is the treatment and preventive home care.

BPT works because it addresses the causes of the problem--the infectious organisms and the overall health of the patient's immune system. BPT is not only more effective than surgery, it is less painful and less disfiguring and in general it is less expensive. It is supported by volumes of research from all around the world, including from the National Institute of Dental Research, a part of NIH. We follow the Protocols for BPT from the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT).