• Anita Purohit

Updated: Oct 13, 2020

I am doing everything I can to stay Covid free, aren't I? Well...yes and no. Gum health effects your overall health. Since the gums are an easy entry point into your bloodstream, having a healthy oral environment including good oral hygiene will make it harder for bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Less bacteria in the bloodstream will help prevent activation of the inflammatory response in your body. It is important to reduce this inflammation as it can destroy tissue in your lungs and blood vessels. Patients with inflammation caused by periodontits may experience more severe COVID-19 complications, according to an article published online July 30 in the Journal of the California Dental Association. "Dentists should promote screening, plaque control and periodontal treatment because a healthy periodontium can help reduce severity and complication related to COVID-19" Dr. S. Molayem, Periodontist in Los Angeles Having dental treatment during this pandemic, especially for gum disease, is a good self care measure. Call today to schedule your appointment.

Why, yes, dear patient, there is.

It sounds pretty far out there but there is an easy and effective way to improve your gum health. It involves wearing a specially designed, custom made mouthtray in which you place a low concentration hydrogen peroxide gel.

Specially designed, custom fit mouth tray

Special gel for better health

Since the bacteria reproduce quickly under the gums, it can be a challenge to keep the bacteria from infecting your gums between dental cleanings. So, ideally, in addition to brushing and flossing, you wear the trays for additional treatment and protection.

The PerioProtect System is a gum disease treatment approach that combines in-office dental cleanings with effective follow up treatments at home. After you come in and have your dental exam, the doctor will recommend the best treatment for you to get your teeth and gums cleaned. Measurements will be completed and impressions of your mouth made and sent to the lab to have your trays made. After about 2-3 weeks, we will schedule you to come in and make sure the trays fit well and then you will be sent home with the trays and the PerioProtect Gel. You simply put a thin ribbon of the gel in the tray and wear it for 15 minutes while you go about your day. In the begining you may be asked to repeat the treatment 2 -4 times a day. This approach is easy to use and it treats the bacteria causing your gum disease in a comfortable way.

As an additional benefit, your teeth may whiten s-l-o-w-l-y resulting in a subtle change over a long period of time with minimal whitening sensitivity.

  • Anita Purohit

February is Gum Disease Awareness Month.

How do you know if you have gum disease, also known as Periodontal Disease?

Ask yourself...

1. Do my gums bleed after brushing and/or flossing?

2. Do my gums bleed when I bite into an apple?

3. Do I see a pinkish hue in my bathroom sink?

4. Do I have bad breath that doesn't seem to ever go away?

5. Do I get a bad taste in my mouth even after brushing my teeth?

6. Do my teeth hurt when I chew?

If you answer yes to any of the above questions, you likely have some level of gum disease.

Please contact your health care provider for evaluation.

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