Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA
Did you know that more than half of adults in America have gum disease? It is a disease of the mouth that infects the hard and soft tissues including teeth, gums, and jawbone. Gum disease also is known as periodontitis, which is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. Treatment must be sought in order for the disease to stop and to prevent further damage from being done to your oral health.
Your Scotts Valley dentists at Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry now offer Perio Protect, a minimally invasive treatment for gum disease.
What is Perio Protect
Perio Protect can be customized to fit the needs of each patient. To administer the medication, the patient receives a set of custom-made trays. Patients can administer the medication by wearing the trays at home for a short duration each day, between visits to the dentist. The medication works deep down in the periodontal pockets that develop as a result of gum disease, which cannot be cleaned by regular brushing and flossing. Although gum disease cannot be cured, it can be managed by measures that reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth such as using Perio Protect between treatments at the dentist.
Will I still need to visit my dentist for cleanings?
Yes, you will still need to visit your dentist in Scotts Valley at Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry for additional gum disease treatment. Scaling and root planing are common procedures used to clean the periodontal pockets but are known to leave the patient feeling a sense of discomfort afterward. Using Perio Protect between your dental cleanings means less accumulation of bacteria that results in less frequent treatments by your dentist. It is a win-win for everybody!
Is Perio Protect right for me?
The best way to know whether Perio Protect is right for you is to seek a consultation with Bay Area dentists at Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry. A thorough consultation of your oral health can determine if Perio Protect will be a successful treatment for you. However, you may not even be aware that you have gum disease.
Look for these symptoms and contact the dentist if you experience these:
- Gums that are swollen and red
- Sensitive gums that bleed easily
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Rampant tooth decay
- Receding gums
- Sensitive teeth or frequent toothaches
These symptoms may indicate that you have gum disease. Although it is not curable, it can be managed if caught early enough, and if treated properly by your dentist.
Perils of gum disease
If ignored, gum disease may pose dire consequences to your overall health. Research indicates that gum disease can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. For pregnant women, their risk of premature birth or low birth weight increases when gum disease is present. Also, the bacteria that causes gum disease is transferable to others by kissing or sharing eating utensils. Therefore, keep in mind that gum disease affects more than just you.
Perio Protect in Scotts Valley
To learn more about Perio Protect or any of the other methods that we use to treat gum disease, contact Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry today by calling (831) 438-4411. We welcome patients of Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley, California.