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Philadelphia, PA Periodontist Uses Nutritional Supplements to Fight Gum Infections

  • December 8, 2009

PHILADELPHIA, PA – There is a link between nutrition and periodontal health and the Philadelphia, PA periodontists in Dr. David DiGiallorenzo’s Collegeville and Williamsport practice are working to educate patients on that important link.

DiGiallorenzo, a Philadelphia, PA periodontist, introduced two lines of nutritional products- Isagenix and NuVerus- into his practice recently in an effort to help patients build their immune systems and fight gum infections.

The role of diet and nutritional factors in the development of periodontal disease is unclear, but researchers have learned that the defense mechanisms of the saliva and gingival tissues can be affected by nutritional health, according to an article published by the American Dental Hygienists Association.

Healthy gum tissue serves as a line of defense against bacteria, which can lead to gingivitis if it penetrates the tissue. When a patient is deficient in some vitamins and minerals, gum tissue health can be further compromised.

People who use tobacco products in addition to not eating healthy foods and taking supplements on a daily basis run an even higher risk of periodontal disease.

“We use the Isagenix Cleanse and NuVerus’s Euphoria protocol to strengthen immunity, improve digestion, build proteins, reduce inflammation and remove toxins from the body,” said the Philadelphia periodontist. “All of these factors are crucial when dealing with  chronic inflammatory diseases such as periodontal disease, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and a variety of other conditions.”

Strengthening immunity is of particular importance because immune response with periodontal infection alters the ability for oral tissues to properly use nutrients, and that has a bearing on normal healing and repair. Nutritional deficiencies also can weaken the resistance of oral tissues to plaque bacteria, which can result in more inflammation.

Cleansing the body of toxins prior to embarking on a new nutritional program is good for the body, DiGiallorenzo said. Cleansing helps the body regenerate, rest and help improve its natural ability to remove impurities and toxins.

DiGiallorenzo refers to nutrition as “an essential part of the puzzle,” and points out that many of the foods we eat no longer provide the nutritional support the body needs.

“We are far too sophisticated and the earth has been raped of its nutrients,” he said. “We all can benefit from nutritional supplements.”
DiGiallorenzo began offering nutritional consultation as a routine part of his practice’s  therapeutic protocol to enhance healing for patients with periodontal disease and patients who have had dental implants.

Although patients can improve their oral health through nutritional supplement usage, DiGiallorenzo said it’s important not to forget one of the most basic elements of nutrition: water. Drinking plenty of daily helps keep the mouth moist. This is important because it helps fight against tooth decay and periodontal disease because water neutralizes plaque and washes away food, according to a 2004 article published by the American Academy of Periodontology.

“Health comes from within,” he said. “Oral health is a window into our body’s state of affairs.”

Learn More
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of nutritional supplements, you would like more information on periodontal disease or dental implants, or you wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. David Digiallorenzo, please call 610-228-4366 in Collegeville; 570-505-6908 in Williamsport; or visit his Web site: http://www.perioimplants.us/.

About Dr. David Digiallorenzo

Dr. David Digiallorenzo, or “Dr. D,” graduated from Temple University School of Dentistry in 1993 and completed a specialty in periodontics and dental implantology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995.

He is a past associate clinical professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Periodontics. He teaches nationally and internationally and is a regular contributor to dental literature.

Dr. D’s private practice in suburban Philadelphia concentrates on periodontics, dental implantology, advanced reconstructive case management and TMJ treatment. It is a unique dental spa with two full-time massage therapists that specialize in reflexology, reiki, massage, aromatherapy and homeopathy. This combination creates a relaxed, optimal healing response.

Dr. D has two office locations: 184 W. Main St., Ste. 200, in Collegeville, PA; and 121 E. Fourth St. in Williamsport, PA.
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