About Periodontal Disease
Studies have shown that approximately 85 percent of Americans suffer from some stage of periodontal disease. This condition can have serious consequences and can cause patients to experience infections that can carry through the blood stream and into the rest of the body, increasing one’s risk for conditions such as heart disease, strokes, and diabetes.
Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria that can collect in the periodontal pockets and cause an infection. The periodontal pockets are the spaces between the natural teeth and the gum tissue. While a dentist can address this with treatments such as scaling and root planing or surgery, the bacteria continue to reproduce and can be an ongoing issue for many patients.
There are several signs of periodontal disease. It starts out as gingivitis, which is characterized by red, swollen, tender gums. Many patients with gingivitis may also notice bleeding and sensitivity when they brush or floss.
When patients are dealing with persistent issues when it comes to their periodontal disease, it is important that they participate in an at-home oral hygiene routine such as Perio Protect. Perio Protect is a treatment that is used every day by a patient as a comfortable, easy, and effective home treatment for periodontal disease between dental visits.
Perio Protect uses a custom prescription tray that is made to fit the patient’s teeth. Every night, patients will apply medication into the tray and fit them over their teeth. The medication helps treat the pockets where bacterial infections occur.
Periodontal disease is a serious medical condition. However, with proper treatment in office and at home, patients can improve their quality of life and address the disease in a safe, effective, and gentle way with Perio Protect.
If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, it is important to take action. Dr. Kim of Orland Park, Illinois is a Perio Protect Certified Provider and is happy to help patients take a proactive, daily approach to the treatment of their condition. Call his practice today to learn more about Perio Protect and the benefits it can provide in controlling the condition and improving the health of the mouth.