Non Surgical, Anti-Infective Periodontal Therapy
We believe that the health of the teeth and gums have a significant effect on the overall health of our bodies. A strong relationship between oral disease and other systemic diseases is substantiated by scientific literature and research. Harmful levels of oral bacteria can have serious effects on the entire body. Our goal is to establish good oral health in all of our patients. One way we accomplish this is by using a process called anti-infective therapy, the Keyes technique.
Three ways oral disease may affect a person’s overall health:
- Bacteria from the gums enter the saliva and can adhere to water droplets in the air that is inhaled each time you breathe. These droplets containing bacteria can then enter the lungs and have the potential to cause infections within the lungs.
- The bacteria can also enter the body by way of the lungs.
- Bacteria can also enter the body’s circulatory system through the gums that surround the teeth and travel to all parts of the body. These bacteria can cause issues in the areas of the body that they may find their way to. This can cause secondary infections or contribute to other disease processes in the effected organs or systems.
The inflammation associated with gum disease may stimulate additional systemic inflammatory diseases such as pulmonary disease, fetal development, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, orthopedic implant failure, and kidney disease.
Ron Foust, DDS