Periodontal disease has practically become a national pastime. Some estimates place more than 85% of the U.S. population over the age of 30 with this disease. Periodontal disease comprises a broad range of problems from gingivitis, a simple inflammation of the gums, to full periodontitis, which involves loss of bone around the teeth. Periodontal disease has consequences beyond the mouth, recent science has found a link between heart disease, stroke, and diabetes with periodontal disease. Read Dr. Breiner’s article on Periodontal Disease.
There is ample evidence to suggest that bacteria cause periodontal disease. At Whole-Body Dentistry, we take a sample of the fluid around the pockets of the teeth and analyze it under a microscope to detect for various strains of bacteria. If periodontal disease is found, there are many treatment options available ranging from traditional medical options to more all-natural choices. Fluid from the pockets surrounding the affected teeth can be cultured and analyzed for a specific strain of bacteria to select the most effective course of antibiotics for treatment. Recently small chips have been developed which can be inserted into a periodontal pocket. These chips slowly release small amounts of antibiotic as the chip resorbs. Also, controlling the level of bacteria by brushing and flossing may be of benefit.
While the presence of bacteria does play a role, the essential element in whether a person will develop gum disease may actually have much more to do with their general health. We all have bacteria, not only in our mouths, but throughout our bodies. One reason some people develop problems, while others do not, is because the host’s resistance is low, providing a prime environment for bacteria to multiply. There are people who do not floss or brush regularly and they have no problems. On the other hand, there are people who are religious about their oral hygiene and yet over time gum disease will continue to progress and deteriorate the bone. Many patients come to us after they have undergone periodontal surgery, spent thousands of dollars, had their teeth cleaned every three months and still have not arrested the disease.
If we find a generalized periodontal problem, we think more in terms of a systemic problem like mercury toxicity, nutrition and overall body chemistry. If the problem is just in certain localized areas, it is more likely linked to a number of factors related to the tooth including interference on its energetic meridian relating to a specific organ, a defective restoration or crown margin, a very high electrical current, or a bite problem. Proper bite and alignment of the teeth impacts heavily on the health of the gums. Excessive or improper pressure on the teeth, caused by bite problems, can literally create an environment around the tooth that predisposes it to a bacterial invasion and problems. Many dentists do not have the specialized training to effectively perform this process of bite adjustments. Dr. Breiner learned to do proper bite adjustments at the world-renowned Pankey Institute. If you are going to have such work done, you should seek out a dentist who has taken post graduate courses in this technique.
Other natural therapies to correct periodontal disease include Vitamin C and Co-Enzyme Q-10 which have shown to be very helpful. We also have our patients rinse and irrigate with Tooth & Gum mouth wash – a natural antiseptic. Recently, we had a patient with a severe periodontal infection that was non-responsive to antibiotic treatment and other natural interventions. We decided to experiment with an alternative approach using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy right here at the Breiner Whole-Body Health Center. Consequently, we were amazed to find his periodontal infection cleared up after only ten treatments.
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