It is estimated that 47% of American adults have gum disease called periodontitis and millions more have gingivitis. Gum disease is a true epidemic in our country and many people don’t even know that they have it because it’s often painless in its early stages. For years the main treatment method for gum disease was a process called scaling and root planing.
What is Dental Scaling?
While routine dental cleanings are done to help prevent gum disease, scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure performed by dentists to help treat periodontal disease. Scaling teeth involves thoroughly scaling all plaque and other bacterial toxins from teeth and root surfaces. Root planing involves smoothing out all of the rough areas on the tooth surface’s roots. Smooth root surfaces was thought to help keep plaque and bacteria from reattaching under the gumline and allow gums to heal and reattach themselves more securely.
Today, many practitioners no longer plane the roots because the procedure can remove so much root surface that it can harm the tooth structure. Scaling remains the primary and first course of periodontal therapy and a local anesthetic is often used to prevent discomfort during root surface scaling. To help alleviate the discomfort and decrease the time needed to complete the scaling procedures, many dental professionals and patients are turning to Perio Protect.
How Does Perio Protect Help Treat Gum Disease?
Perio Protect is a customized treatment method using the patented Perio Tray to deliver medication deep below the gumline. Doctors prescribe this tray therapy before scaling to reduce the inflammation and discomfort associated with the scaling procedure. This initial usage may also decrease the infections significantly enough that the scaling procedure will take less time. After the scaling is completed, patients continue to use the trays for just minutes each day.
While you can’t cure gum disease, Perio Protect allows dentists to better manage and help to break the disease cycle through a minimally invasive, comfortable long-term treatment. The Perio Tray helps to ensure medication gets below the gums and can fight harmful bacterial communities which are called biofilms.
While Perio Protect is not a replacement for other gum disease treatment options, it offers a unique way to manage gum disease between dental visits, making long-term results better, and significantly improving oral health.
Normal Dental Homecare Often Ineffective in Fighting Gingivitis and Periodontitis
One of the reasons that has led to the popularity of Perio Protect is that toothbrush, floss and rinse just aren’t enough to keep the disease at bay. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing can’t get deep enough below the gumline to effectively address the dangerous and infectious bacteria that cause gum disease. By using the Perio Tray between dental visits, patients can fight the disease in the most non-invasive and effective ways, reducing the need for repetitive scalings and much more invasive treatment options such as gum surgery.
Reach Out to Perio Protect for More Information
If you’re a dental professional or a patient struggling with gum disease, reach out to the Perio Protect team today for more information on the Perio Tray. We can be reached toll free by phone at 877-434-GUMS.