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Holistic approaches to periodontal disease

Holistic Approaches to Treating Periodontal Disease

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Holistic Approaches to Treating Gum Disease

Periodontal disease is an inflammation of the tissue surrounding the teeth. As it progresses, periodontal disease causes inflammation that can affect the supporting bone that surrounds the roots of the teeth. Periodontal inflammation creates pockets at the gum line that can eventually result in inflammation, infection, and tooth loss. The dentistry establishment recognizes periodontal disease as the largest source of low-grade, chronic inflammation in humans. This chronic inflammation decreases the immune system response, eventually causing irreversible damage to the gums, bone, and teeth.

Periodontal Disease affects the entire body

Recent clinical studies have concluded that periodontal disease-induced chronic inflammation was a likely variable or risk factor in a host of serious human health issues (1, 2). The following are a list of health problems linked to periodontal disease:

  • Elevated cancer risk
  • Damaged heart valves
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory disease
  • Certain behavioral and psycho-social conditions

Gum disease manifests when plaque and tartar build-up to the gum line. The bacteria in plaque and tartar can cause an infection of the gums. If allowed to progress, the infection can lead to abscesses in the gums and bone. It can also lead to tooth loss. Periodontitis occurs when gum infection enters soft tissue and bone.

Also, the state of existing dental work can affect periodontal health. Broken fillings, decayed teeth that trap food, or poorly fitted crowns or bridges can negatively affect gum health. Additionally, mercury fillings can lead to inflammation and periodontal disease.

Some of the symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Swollen, tender or irritated gums
  • Persistently bad breath
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Receding gums
  • A noticeable difference in how teeth align when chewing
  • Ill-fitting partial dentures

Traditional Methods of Dental Care are not combating the root of Gum Disease

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is essential to maintaining overall health and avoiding the illnesses caused by periodontal disease and chronic inflammation. However, research by the US Department of Health and Human Services, the European Federation of Periodontology, and researchers at Dental Air Force all recently concluded traditional methods of dental care – brushing and flossing – are not effective at combating the bacteria at the root of periodontal disease.

There is a natural way to treat periodontal disease

Holistic dentistry advances approaches to naturally treat periodontal disease. Holistic dentistry and good oral home care are among the best defenses against periodontal disease and chronic inflammation. The intersection of oral hygiene and overall health is fundamental to holistic dentistry. Holistic dentists focus on healthy nutrition, infection prevention, and using non-toxic materials.

Traditional dental approaches to treatment for periodontal disease use a problem-solving model usually focused exclusively on the head and neck. Conventional treatment for periodontal disease has relied on scaling and root planing, prescribing antibiotics and antibiotic irrigation, and invasive gum surgery.

Holistic dentistry uses several noninvasive approaches for the treatment of periodontal disease. Some alternatives include (2):

  • Safer scaling and root planing
  • Irrigation using non-toxic agents
  • Laser treatments

Most importantly, holistic dentistry stresses the fundamentals of disease prevention. These include (2):

  • Good oral hygiene
  • Supplementation to avoid vitamin deficiency
  • Oral probiotics to promote a healthy oral biome

Dental Air Force uses an all-natural dental cleaning solution made of sodium bicarbonate, Xylitol, natural mint flavors, and Stevia to maintain a healthy, natural smile. It is also fluoride-free. Dental Air Force cleans teeth at the gum line, removing food debris, plaque, and tartar from the surface of teeth and in between teeth.

Proper oral care is essential to maintaining healthy gum tissue, preventing periodontal disease and associated tooth loss. Dental Air Force is an excellent addition to your holistic dentistry home care because of its demonstrated ability to reduce plaque and bacteria in oral pockets due to periodontal disease.

Replace the toothbrush and toothpaste

Dental Air Force, as part of a holistic dentistry home care solution, is proven to reduce plaque and provide better cleaning between teeth than a powered toothbrush and toothpaste. Dental Air Force also cleans teeth better without causing soft tissue abrasion like a toothbrush.

Maintaining good oral hygiene and oral health is essential to ward off gum disease and periodontal disease. The correlation of overall health with good oral health is undeniable. Relying on traditional dental home care solutions has proven inadequate for staving off gum disease and periodontal disease.

Check out Dental Air Force as part of your holistic dental home care solution. We can demonstrate improvements in oral hygiene using our proven all-natural cleaning solution. Our customer testimonials speak for themselves.

Here’s what some of our clients have had to say about their experience with the total cleaning power of Dental Air Force.

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The American Academy of Periodontology – https://www.perio.org/
Boston University Libraries – https://open.bu.edu/handle/2144/36619

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