What you need to know about Periodontal Disease

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Many of us have heard the term ‘periodontal disease’ but few have really considered this problem as a disease, that is to say, as an actual ailment.

Periodontal disease or periodontitis is the second stage of a first one, gingivitis. If you have it and do not take care of it, it can escalate to periodontitis, thus being more destructive and even more difficult to control. It can be with or without pain, reason why is considered very aggressive. If detected by your traditional dentist, they will probably offer deep pocket cleanings and antibiotic remedies as a treatment.

The approach that I like to take is, first of all, educating the patient of what this disease consist of. I believe that this is the first and most crucial step of all, having the patient actually understanding what his disease is, how it started and how to treat it at home by changing some routine oral hygiene habits. Think about it. This is an illness that the patient is living with 24/7 and is important that he acknowledges and address this malady with its importance. I consider that treating it is 80% patient compliance along with home care treatments and remedies and 20% dental chairside attention. It is very easy for the traditional dentist to just say “You need several appointment of deep pocket cleanings; after that, I will need to see you 4 times a year to continue with them”. Two things happen when saying this statement: 1) First, the dentist is taking away all sense of wellbeing responsibility from the patient; he is practically saying “I will do all the treatments; there is nothing you can do on your own”. And, 2) the dentist is almost giving a lifelong sentence of ‘deep pocket cleanings’ to him.

I prefer to empower my patients into being proactive in their gum care.

The dentist will clean his patient’s teeth, let’s say in about 60 min at the dental chair. But what will happen once the patient steps out of the dental office and has a taco and is not properly instructed on how to keep his deep pockets clean? Exactly, he will turn into a lifetime patient for deep pocket cleanings. A pretty awesome scenario for the dentist, not for the patient.

After educating the patient and providing him with sufficient knowledge to comprehend the whole scenario, he understands how his disease is directly linked with heart conditions and blood circulatory problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. You cannot completely take care of one without addressing the other; they go hand in hand.

Part of the education is to offer alternatives to traditional gum disease treatments. Many patients previously diagnosed with this ailment have had treatments and have continued struggling with his problem even after many years have passed since first detected. Gum disease can be controlled and, often, reversed but not if you continue doing your routing oral care habits at home and on the road. My approach is with support from holistic and alternative dentistry, remedies that can help you recover bone loss and receding gum line, often being able to improve deep pockets depths, teeth mobility and reduce tartar formation. Adding Schussler’s cell salts and xylitol into your diet can have a great impact on your oral and systemic health. Working with ozone gas and ozonated water greatly improves the outcome of your treatment. Reviewing the basics also helps a lot, that is to say re-learning how to brush, floss and the type of mouthwash to use.

Feel free to schedule an appointment to have a consultation with your dentist in Tijuana along with gum probing and full dental x ray series to determine if you have gingivitis or periodontitis an to know and learn how to address it with a natural approach and you’ll be on your way to a better, healthier lifestyle.