5 Treatment Approaches to Maintaining Optimum Oral Health
We educate patients every day on the important role that oral health plays in overall health.
The path we pave for maintaining optimum oral health is unique to each patient’s specific needs. Although the needs differ, treatment and oral care recommendations generally are addressed by at least one of these treatment approaches.
- Routine checkups
Preventing dental problems such as tooth decay and periodontal disease is infinitely more efficient than problem-based treatments. Many long-term studies have shown that preventive care is not only more cost-effective but also provides less patient discomfort and pain, as well as greater satisfaction.
Wouldn’t you rather prevent tooth decay than have a cavity filled? If you want to save money and keep your natural teeth as long as possible, routine preventive care by your periodontist and dental hygienist at least every six months is a must.
- Targeted Care for Susceptible Patients
Once you have periodontitis, we recommend periodontal checkups and maintenance every three months instead of twice a year, because you have shown susceptibility. This is especially true for aggressive periodontitis where even more rigid, structured maintenance is needed. In cases of treated periodontitis, don’t just treat the disease and never come back for maintenance, because it will flare up. This is another treatment protocol that is backed up by numerous long-term studies. It is a collaborative effort between the patient and the periodontist to maintain healthy gum tissue.
- Smoking Cessation
You can add compromised oral health to the long list of problems caused by smoking and smokeless tobacco products. Smoking makes you twice as likely to get gum disease as nonsmokers, because it weakens your body’s immune system and reduces blood flow in the oral cavity. Smokers often have compromised blood flow in the mouth and therefore have trouble fighting off bacterial invasion. Severe gum disease can lead to receding gums and eventual tooth loss.
We care about your health and offer smoking cessation methods in our office. Please ask us if you would like help quitting smoking. The detrimental effect of smoking is systemic and not limited to just the oral cavity.
- Home Care
We can’t keep your teeth and gums healthy on our own. Optimum oral health requires a good home care regimen that includes brushing at least twice daily and flossing daily. Electronic toothbrushes have also shown to be more efficient at removing plaque compared to manual toothbrushes.
We also recommend additional home care treatments for some patients, such as coconut oil pulling and probiotics to convert the oral flora from harmful to beneficial bacteria. An emphasis should be placed on maintaining healthy oral bacteria to maintain healthy gum tissue after active treatment of periodontitis.
- Nutrition and supplementation
In addition to oral and systemic probiotics, we also often recommend dietary changes for patients, such as incorporating more organic foods into their diets and reducing their biotoxic exposures (GMO foods, contaminated food and water).
Gum disease is not a disease of only the teeth and supporting structures, it is a whole body infection with significant associated risk factors.
Our treatment philosophy
Our goal each and every day is to provide treatment that exposes our patients to minimal pain and discomfort, and provides maximum therapeutic effect.
We apply this treatment philosophy to all the procedures we do: periodontal treatment, implant therapy and soft tissue grafting. There are already a number of options out there that are minimally invasive for each procedure. However, it is important to understand that the minimally invasive procedures have their limitations and may not always be a possible option. This also applies to getting as much done as you can in one appointment to avoid multiple visits and prolonging the treatment time.