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Avoid Gum Disease

GINGIVITIS, PERIODONTITUS AND GUM DISEASE:
Briefing and call for Oral Irrigation and Oral Irrigators.


How would you like to have healthy gums for lifetime? Let me just tell you from the beginning that there is no magic formula that will stop plaque build up, bleeding gums, bad breath, gingivitis and periodontitis. You may ask what is periodontitis?

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Periodontitis is a multifactorial disease. A number of risk factors for periodontitis have been identified, including cigarette smoking, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, increased age, existing periodontitis, male gender, low socioeconomic status, limited access to dental care, as well as the periodontal pathogens Porphyromonas gingivalis and Bacteroides forsythus, and an exuberant inflammatory response as evidenced by increased production of inflammatory mediators. The most important environmental risk factor for periodontitis is cigarette smoking. This finding has emerged within the last ten to fifteen years. A recent report by Tomar and Asma calculated that 41.9% of all cases of periodontitis were attributable to current use of cigarettes, and 10.9% of cases were attributable to former smoking (Tomar and Asma, 2000). Greater extent and severity of periodontitis have been associated with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Recent studies have begun to define the molecular mechanisms that account for this association. The binding of advanced glycation endproducts in the periodontium to their receptor on macrophages, endothelial cells, and other structural cells can induce a hyperinflammatory state. Increased production of proinflammatory cytokines (IL-6, TNF-a) can then contribute to tissue damage (Lalla et al, 1998; and Mealey, 2000). Today the diagnosis of periodontal disease relies on clinical and standard radiographic techniques and parameters:

  • Probing attachment level and bleeding following probing;
  • Radiographic analysis of the height of alveolar bone with periapical or bitewing exposures;
  • Subtraction radiograph to determine if loss (or gain) of alveolar bone has occurred during a defined interval (limited to research environments because the software and hardware necessary for the subtraction are not commercially available); and,
  • Digital radiography.


Diagnostic tests have been developed that identify specific microbial pathogens by use of culture DNA probes or specific cell surface antigens (Zambon et al, 1995). The host response can be assessed by analysis of gingival crevicular fluid, saliva, or blood. These methods have not been widely accepted as a routine part of patient management (Lamster, 1997; and Kaufman and Lamster, 2000).

Treatment and Prevention

Treatment of periodontal diseases focuses on reducing and removing plaque and calculus accumulations, and controlling tissue inflammation. This is achieved in a number of ways:

  • Plaque removal by the patient, and professional plaque and calculus removal in the dental office;
  • Use of chemotherapeutic agents (such as essential oils, cetylpyridium chloride, and chlorhexidine) delivered in toothpastes, mouth rinses, and occasionally by oral irrigation devices;
  • Systemic antibiotics, ideally targeted to susceptible microorganisms, used only for advanced and aggressive disease, or for medically compromised patients;
  • Local (subgingival) delivery of antibiotics/antimicrobials, including tetracycline HCl incorporated into a polyvinyl acetate carrier, doxycycline HCl incorporated into a thixotropic gel, and chlorhexidine in a gelatin matrix; and,
  • Host-modulating agents to decrease the inflammatory response (low-dose doxycycline, which has been shown to block the action of matrix metalloproteinases). The surgical treatment of periodontal disease has focused on the elimination/reduction of excessive probing depths. There is considerable interest in surgical procedures that promote regeneration of lost periodontal tissues:
  • Placement of barrier membranes to promote regeneration of the surgical wound with cells capable of forming new periodontal tissues (Tatakis et al, 1999);
  • Allogeneic and xenogeneic bone grafts (Nasr et al, 1999); and,
  • Xenogeneic enamel matrix proteins that rely on biomimicry to promote regeneration.

In addition, mucogingival surgical procedures are widely used to cover exposed root surfaces and improve esthetics (Wennstrom, 1996).

Heart Disease

The number one killer among men and women. Claiming more victims than all forms of cancer and AIDS combined, the disease affects more than 58 million Americans each year, killing almost a million. Numerous research studies have shown a link between cardiovascular disease and key bacterium in periodontal disease. Not only is gum disease responsible for almost all adult tooth loss, recent studies reveal a direct connection between periodontitis and an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. While research continues to explore the link, it is important to treat periodontal disease aggressively so its impact on heart disease can be reduced or eliminated.

Diabetes

A chronic disease with no cure, diabetes is the fourth leading cause of death among Americans and will result in more than 169,000 deaths this year alone. It is estimated that nearly 16 million people in the U.S. have the disease, yet as many as half of those who do are unaware of their condition. Approximately, 95 percent of Americans with diabetes also have periodontal disease, due in part to an increased susceptibility to infections. Research has shown that people with periodontal disease have more difficulty controlling their blood sugar levels while periodontal disease can increase the risk of developing diabetes.

Fact: 50% of adults over the age of 18 and 75% of adults over the age of 35 have some degree of gum disease, the consequences of which can be very serious.

The good news is that the early stages of gum disease, commonly referred to as gingivitis, affects only the gum tissue and can be completely reversed.

When use our Dental Health Products daily, you can avoid being a victim of a gum disease.

Oral irrigators produce a concentrated stream of water for removing food debris and bacteria from places that brushing and flossing cannot reach.

With our Oral Irrigator, quality dental care at home has never been easier.

  • No Mess: Water stays in the shower or is easily confined to the sink.
  • No Hassle: Always ready to use.
  • Reduces Clutter: Won't take up precious counter or storage space.
  • Stimulates Gums Increases circulation of blood in the tissue.
  • Habit Forming: You will find you can't do without it!
  • Orthodontics: Ideal for braces, crowns and bridgework.
  • Convenient: Easily installed as part of existing plumbing.  


Buy Oral Irrigator today and get on your way to healthier life. Remember if you are in the early stages of the gum disease, it could be completely reversed, and if your gums are healthy than use our Oral Irrigator as prevention against gum disease, so you can stay healthy.

  • Stimulate Gum Tissue
  • Flush Bacteria That Causes Bad Breath
  • Dilute And Flush Toxic Plaque From Pockets
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