Perio Protect

In this modern era, the most likely cause of tooth loss is periodontal disease. The preventive benefits of fluoride, space-age restorative materials and advances in endodontic therapy are helping millions of Americans retain teeth that might have been lost in earlier times.

Whereas, the comparatively “simple" problem of restoring teeth has become routine and predictable, treatment for the problems of gum inflammation and bone loss have not met with a similar degree of success. Granted, great strides have been made in periodontal therapy and the number of treatment alternatives has grown in both effectiveness and success. There still remains one fundamental problem that affects us all at varying degrees – infection of the tooth supporting tissues by perio pathogens. Everybody possesses some amount of disease causing bacteria. However, we all differ as to how our immune system suppresses or is overcome by these organisms. Furthermore, and perhaps more importantly, individuals vary greatly in how motivated and effective they are in controlling the root cause of disease (bacteria) via routine home care and professional intervention.

My personal observation, over 30 years of practice, is that the only real "cure" for periodontal disease is prevention – vigorous intervention at the earliest sign and symptoms of the problem. With this in mind, the practical treatment questions become, "How early, and how aggressive?" The back end of this issue is, "Once active therapy has been accomplished, how do you maintain the result?" We have all met people, or may even be one, where a series of progressive periodontal treatments, culminating in surgery, end up being repeated over the years. The truth is, periodontal disease has no "cure," but like other chronic diseases, it can be managed with varying degrees of success.

Perio Protect® can tilt the equation in the patient's favor. This management strategy is painless, cost effective, preventively oriented and is the perfect adjunct no matter where the patient is in the cycle of disease. If your concern is periodontal disease, and you have the discipline to spend an extra 10 to 15 minutes per day wearing a comfortable mouthpiece containing a pleasant tasting gel to save your teeth, I would urge you to click this link to learn more about Perio Protect®.