Why You Need To Learn About Oral Systemic Link


Oral-Systemic Link

What is Oral-Systemic Link and can you benefit from it?

The connection between Periodental (“Gum”) infections and diseases has become widely accepted. Periodental disease is an inflammatory disease process resulting from the interaction between the bacterial attack and the host response.  Periodental disease has been shown to result in inflammation beyond the oral cavity.  It is this inflammation and the causative bacterial pathogens that have been associated as contributing to a multitude of systemic disease including:

  • CV Disease
  • Strokes
  • Diabetes Type II
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Kidney Disease
  • Pregnancy Complications
  • Certain Cancers

Two “state-of-the-art” options offered by Chestnut Dental to treat stubborn periodontal disease are:

  1. PERIO PROTECT: Perio-protect is an individualized, custom tray system with an external seal that helps place medication deep below the gum line that fights infectious bacteria.  The perio-protect tray is a very unique prescription medical device, that helps manage bacteria below the gumline where the toothbrush and floss can’t reach.  We are excited to now offer this service to our patients. The benefits include:
  • Minimally invasive
  • Relieves symptoms of periodontal disease with virtually no pain
  • Kills bacteria that leads to gum disease and other systemic disease
  • Fresh breath
  • Whiter teeth

2. LASER TREATMENTS: Dental lasers have been available and used in the dental field for many years.  The FDA has approved the use of lasers for many dental procedures.  Lases are used because of their precision and control for dentists and the comfort they provide to patients. However, because of the laser’s high cost and training required to operate, only a small percentage of general detest own a laser.  At Chestnut Dental we have made the investment in this technology so we can offer our patients the very best in “personalized dental care™.”

In general, laser treatment can:

  • Reduce or eliminate bacteremias
  • Reduce or eliminate cross contamination
  • Kill potential periodontal infections
  • Cause less pain, reducing the need for anesthesia
  • Minimize bacterial infections, because the laser sterilizes the area being worked on
  • Reduce anxiety in patients
  • Minimize bleeding and swelling in soft tissue treatments
  • Minimize damage to surrounding tissues
  • Speed up the healing process for wounds and the regeneration of tissue
  • Boost the immune system and improve overall health

Note: This is a good overall overview but you should seek more information or schedule a consult with your dentist or hygienist for more information about your specific needs.  During your examination we can decide if the Perio-Protect trays and/or Laser Therapy is appropriate for your particular procedure.

To schedule a consultation with your dentist or hygienist call (562) 594-8769

Written by: Susan Schiappacassee, RDH – Los Alamitos, CA

Susan Schiappacasse is a seasoned Registered Dental Hygienist that has worked for Chestnut Dental for 27 years.  If you are a patient looking to learn more about how to get the most out of your dental cleanings please mention this post on Perio-Protect and Laser Treatments.  She or any of our very experienced hygienists can provide you with a custom solution.

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