Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease affects 75% of the adult population

Periodontal disease is, after the common cold, the second most predominant infection in North America.  Bacteria in the mouth builds plaque and tartar, resulting in gingivitis, or tender, inflamed gums that bleed easily. If not properly treated, tartar can erode the gums and expose the bone that supports the teeth. As gums deteriorate, more bacteria surround the teeth, causing bone damage, decay, and tooth loss. The leading causes of periodontal disease are poor oral hygiene, a diet that is high in sugar, smoking, diabetes, hormonal changes brought on by pregnancy or menopause, deficient vitamin intake and hereditary factors.

Traditional dentistry treats this condition with antibiotics and/or surgery.  Since periodontal disease indicates a breakdown of connective tissue a thorough biological approach is appropriate. A complete oral examination which includes oral cancer screening, soft tissue exam and bacteriologic exam which examines plaque samples from the mouth is the first step. NIHA focuses on the causes of periodontal disease and evaluates common problems such as pH imbalances, poor digestion, toxic buildup and immune system regularities which may contribute to the condition.

First, a non-surgical holistic approach

NIHA treatment for periodontal disease begins with a non-surgical holistic approach, the least invasive and chemical free approach. A treatment plan will be set up and tailored to your individual needs and schedule. A local anesthetic is available if needed and treatment involves removing the hardened deposits and diseased tissue. A locally delivered antibiotic is delivered to the diseased areas only in order to not upset the natural flora of the gut. Non-surgical, biocompatible periodontal therapy may be more effective and cost less than traditional periodontal therapy. A proper home care regimen is vital to success of your treatment.

The goal is to improve the periodontal condition and reduce susceptibility to disease. By improving the body's ability to break down and eliminate unhealthy microbes through improved hygiene practices, supplements, homeopathic medicines, and comprehensive treatment, our patients can avoid a constant cycle of disease progression and treatment.  In addition, research has shown that certain types of bacteria in the mouth may also contribute to cardiovascular or some type of respiratory illnesses, so it is imperative to correct the underlying condition which contributes to the periodontal disease.

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