The Perio Protect Method: Keeping Your Gums & Teeth Healthy

Perio Protect MethodThe Perio Protect Method of treating gum disease might be something you’ve never heard of. Maybe you’ve always had good check-ups at the dental office until this last one. You were told that you have signs of gum disease or periodontitis. What’s that, and what are you supposed to do about it now?

What are the Common Symptoms of Gum Disease I Should Know About?

Gum disease can be more or less obvious in different individuals. Some can have bleeding, red, bulbous gums with a malodor, while others may have nothing noticeable other than deep periodontal readings at the dental office.

If the dentist or dental hygienist is measuring your gums and calls out pocket measurements higher than 3mm, generally speaking, inflammation or gingivitis is present. If the numbers are higher than 5mm, then bone loss and periodontal (or gum) disease is usually a factor. Gums can feel achy, bleed easily when brushing or flossing and you may even notice a bad smell or taste.

Long-term Effects of Untreated Gum Disease Impacts Your Health

Research indicates that the bacteria responsible for gum disease can be tied to several serious chronic conditions like heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, erectile dysfunction, colorectal cancer, blood clots and respiratory diseases. It can also contribute to mothers delivering low birth weight babies. Treating periodontitis isn’t just about your smile…it’s about your overall wellness.

What is the Perio Protect Method?

The Perio Protect Method is a modern approach to fighting gum disease by combining cleanings at the dental office with medicated trays you wear at home. You only wear the trays for 15 minutes two to five times each day to help the medication reach areas of the gums that are typically tough to access with a toothbrush, floss or rinse. The medicine kills the existing bacteria and keeps it from recolonizing – protecting the gums from future infections and allowing them to heal. While gum disease is never actually “cured”, this method can keep the condition in check and help you maintain healthier gums (and teeth) without the need for surgery.

Why Do I Need a Custom Perio Tray?

A custom tray will provide an error-free method for delivering the medicine below the gums, where disease-causing bacteria reside. Once impressions are taken of your mouth and your periodontal chart is provided by your dental office, your customized trays can be made. Your tray will be specifically fitted to your mouth and your pocket depths.

Effective use of the Perio Protect trays does not require you to learn any special technique for placing them. You simply put the medicine in the tray, and the tray inside your mouth. The pressure of the tray’s seal and exact fit will keep the medicine right where it needs to be.

Use of the trays is to supplement the therapeutic cleanings with your dental provider and to avoid more aggressive therapies, like periodontal surgery.

Combining the excellent oral care of your dental office with the Perio Protect trays at home can help turn an infected mouth into a healthy one. Talk with your dentist about this periodontal treatment in Ventura to find out if it might be the long-term solution you’re looking for.

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