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Prevention

Prevention

A healthy mouth starts with good gums.

Most people do not realize that gum disease is the most common infectious disease in the world. Gum disease, also called periodontitis, is a condition in the mouth which has a multitude of contributing or causative factors, including heredity, insufficient oral hygiene, awkwardly spaced, missing or crowded teeth, or bruxism (grinding).

Contributing factors can also be mental and emotional stress, diet, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, side effects of many medications, hormonal fluctuations, and various systemic diseases like diabetes, coronary heart disease, etc. It may certainly be aggravated by ill-fitting fillings, crowns and bridges and dentures

In complementary medicine, vibratory therapy or eastern medicine, gum disease is also recognized as a manifestation of other causative factors specific to the interpretations and theories of that modality. In biological dentistry, all these factors are taken into account. When it comes to treating this persistent disease, some therapies, like deep cleaning, oral hygiene instructions, and antimicrobial rinses are the standard.

Prevention

At The ISH SKO Centre, therapy is structured into different phases. The causative factors are thoroughly analyzed and addressed during your initial dental assessment. An in-house referral to the appropriate holistic practitioners is considered for immune system support, constitutional therapy, or detoxification. Once all information is available the team will involve the patient in making a customized gum treatment strategy.

Initial measures usually encompass oral hygiene instructions, thorough pocket irrigations using herbal remedies, gentle debrisment, laser pocket decontamination, and ozone therapy. Deep scaling and root planings are not undertaken until infection is controlled. Even then, these are carried out gently, avoiding soft tissue trauma. Persisting bone defects may finally be approached surgically, which will be performed by referral to a gum specialist (periodontist).

Gum inflammation and infection is the body’s reaction to an imbalance of the oral bacterial flora. Some 200 different species have been identified. Some bacteria are aerobic (oxygen loving) and most gum disease forming bacteria are an-aerobic in nature (thrive in oxygen starved areas).

Most gum disease forming cultures are opportunistic and stubborn to eradicate. Regular professional hygiene sessions in addition to a dedicated and regular oral hygiene routine at home stand paramount in fighting gum disease and tooth loss.

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