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Don't Let Gum Disease Kill You

Mar 29, 2017 03:59PM
Recently, there have been no shortage of studies proving a direct link between the bacteria in gum disease causing heart disease, as well as diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, respiratory disease and chronic inflammation.  It is now believed that maintaining good health of your gums, doesn’t just save your teeth, but actually extends your life span. Strangely enough, most of the symptoms of gum disease are not painful and you may not know you have it until you have lost a considerable amount of bone around your teeth.
Some of the signs to look for are:
Bleeding gums when brushing, flossing or eating hard foods
Pus oozing when you press on your 
Persistent bad breath
Mouth sores
Gums that are pulling away form the teeth
Swollen or red gums
A change in your bite
A change in how your partial dentures fit
Loose teeth
Periodontal disease is all about bacteria living under the gum line around the roots of your teeth.  The bacteria eats the food that you eat and sends waste products around the gum and destroys first the gum attachment to the teeth, creating deeper pockets around the teeth.  A normal space between the gum and the teeth is 3 mm.  A pocket with gum disease can be 4,5,6 or 10 mm deep.  Eventually the bacteria attacks the bone and the teeth start to get loose.  
Traditional treatment of gum disease ranges from deep cleaning to periodontal surgery.  The surgery involves cutting and repositioning the gum tissue to eliminate the deep pockets.  What follows is a long and uncomfortable healing process.  
Fortunately, for many people there are non surgical options available.  It is almost impossible for anyone to keep a deep pocket clean of bacteria.  Multiple studies have validated the successful use of ozone to destroy the bacteria deep in the pocket, first as a gas then in the form of ozonated oil placed gently under the gums to remain to continue wiping out bacteria and speed up healing.  With repeated applications and some fine tuned home care, it is possible to help you shrink those pockets. So, not only do you get rid of the bacteria, but actually change the architecture of your gums so that they don’t shelter bacteria.
Sadly, this treatment is not yet widespread and there are fewer than 100 ozone dentists in the entire country.  And of those, only a percentage practice Minimally Invasive Ozone Dentistry (MIOD) where extra measures are taken to preserve healthy gum and tooth structure.
Dr. Peter Silver, DDS has been practicing Minimally Invasive Ozone Dentistry for over 18 years and is a founding member of the International Association of Ozone in Healthcare and Dentistry.  For more information, call 212-924-6890 or visit