Recent scientific studies by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that nearly ½ of all American adults over 30 years old suffer from some form of gum disease. An even higher percentage (nearly ⅔) of Americans over 64 have moderate to severe forms of periodontal disease. Common symptoms of gum disease, also called gingivitis or periodontitis, include:
- Bleeding gums when you brush or floss
- Swollen, red, tender gum
- Bad breath despite attempts to brush teet
- Sensitive teeth
- Loose teeth or space developing in between teeth
- Receding gums.
Gum disease is progressive, meaning that it generally worsens over time without treatment. Without treatment, gum disease can be connected with serious health conditions including Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, blood clots, atherosclerosis, colorectal cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. Gum disease is also particularly dangerous in pregnant women, and is linked to preterm deliveries and low birth weight babies.
Comprehensive Treatment Plan For Gum Disease
Until recently, the most common treatment included cleaning the root surfaces (scaling and root planing) and antibiotics, and surgery for the most serious cases. These treatments can be uncomfortable and may need to be repeated in order to effectively manage gum disease.
The Perio Tray® by Perio Protect was developed to supplement and improve current treatments. The Perio Tray works by delivering medication deep between the teeth and gums to fight gingivitis or periodontitis. This medicine (hydrogen peroxide) reaches areas deep under your gums where your toothbrush and floss cannot possibly reach. The Perio Tray delivery can help reduce bleeding and pocket depths by killing oral bacteria and by changing the micro-environment of the periodontal pocket so that it is more difficult for the infectious bacteria to repopulate.
The tray is worn for only 10-15 minutes a day and is a comfortable and non-invasive tool to deliver medication and effectively combat gum disease. This daily, effective therapy fights bacteria buildups and keeps the pesky bacteria from spreading and your gum disease from worsening. This form of gum disease treatment is comfortable and is designed to help patients reduce the number of scaling procedures necessary to properly manage the disease.
Better Manage Your Gum Disease
It is important to note that the Perio Tray should be used under the direction of your dental professional and is often used as a supplement to other treatment plans. If you, like so many Americans, battle gum disease, ask your dentist about adding the Perio Tray to your treatment plan. Call 1.877.434.GUMS (4867) today for more information.