Periodontal Care

Periodontal Care

Periodontal Care Experts

Periodontal refers to the gums and bone that supports the teeth; the foundation for the teeth. Periodontal disease then is the breakdown of the gum tissue and bone caused by bacteria. Uncontrolled periodontal disease is one of the ways adults lose their teeth. We also now know that periodontal disease is an infection that not only impacts the mouth but also impacts the rest of your body in some fashion. Bacteria from the mouth enter through the infected gum tissue and travel through the bloodstream settling in blood vessels, organs such as the heart, and even in the brain the most recent research is showing. The bacteria raise the risk of stroke, heart attack, diabetes and possibly even Alzheimer’s disease. The inflammation that occurs as the bacteria enters into the bloodstream aggravates chronic inflammation based diseases such as arthritis, stroke. So, it is important that even a little bit of bleeding from the gums is an opportunity for bacteria to affect your total body health.

In our McHenry office we pay close attention to this from the very first exam. We make an assessment utilizing the Dental Fitness Exam to help determine if your level of health is consistent with the goals you have for your oral health. This is an educational tool that has great visual appeal software based process that records the presence of plaque, bleeding and bone levels around each tooth. It allows for an easy, visual comparison from exam to another, relating to your goals and medical history.

Periodontal Disease Treatment

Treatment is based on the findings of the Dental Fitness Exam. We know that since periodontal disease is a bacterial infection, the lower the levels of plaque in your mouth, the less the risk of bone loss and impact on your systemic health. The focus during treatment is keeping the bacteria levels low. This can be done with coaching and instruction on proper techniques during hygiene appointments, so the patient can maintain control of their oral health. In other cases where bone loss may have started and heavier the therapy changes as the ability of the patient to effectively control. Our hygienist will often need to perform root planing sometimes referred to as deep cleaning to assist with cleaning areas that are beyond the ability of the patient to clean on their own. When these areas exist, there may be a need for more frequent monitoring of these cases.

A Healthy Mouth For A Healthy Body

Oral infections, even when relatively mild, can affect the health of the whole body. Bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and create an immune response elsewhere in the body, elevating the risk of many serious conditions like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pneumonia, and pregnancy complications.

Evidence continues to mount that connects what happens in your mouth with what happens in your body. The mouth is the window to the body and what we see in your mouth gives significant clues about what is going on in your body.

One of the most influential methods that we have at our disposal for treating gum disease is bacterial Oral DNA testing to identify the specific bacteria that are known to be more aggressive in causing gum disease, tooth decay and contribute to systemic diseases such as heart disease.

This simple test, when combined with a risk analysis of your teeth, gums, bones, muscles and jaw joints, will provide a complete picture of the health of your mouth.

As a result of this inclusive approach, we are able to identify risk factors and make positive changes to help you live a longer, healthier life.

We are an OraVital® Certified Dental Office

The testing we use is the OraVital® test. Our dental office has been certified to dispense the OraVital® System, a powerful diagnostic and treatment protocol for oral infections including gingivitis (sensitive or bleeding gums), periodontitis (gum disease,) and halitosis (chronic bad breath.)

The Oravital® System is a scientifically proven, safe, easy, non-invasive, and highly effective protocol in treating oral infections. The Oravital® System fights and controls harmful bacteria, restoring your mouth to a healthy state. The OraVital® System is the most comprehensive solution for the detection & treatment of the oral pathogens.

The OraVital® System is a five-step protocol based on identifying the cause of oral infection through microbial analysis and tests for bleeding gums before scaling. The five steps are: (1) Screening, (2) Treatment, (3) Evaluation, (4) Maintenance, (5) Reevaluation. The test is easy to perform by swabbing various areas of your mouth. These samples are sent out for analysis of the bacteria present. When the report comes back to us, we sit down with you and review the results.

Many times, there are indications for some specific antibiotic rinses and creams, antimicrobial rinses with some specific techniques we will help you master. After a period of usually four to six weeks we have the patient return to measure the progress and discuss next steps. We have seen some amazing results with cases that were slow to improve using conventional methods alone. This is an important tool because it helps reduce systemic risks from bacteria as well.

Research has taught us that inflammation is a key component in many chronic diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, strokes and diabetes. We can help provide strategies to help reduce systemic inflammation in your body through key oral hygiene techniques, diet, bacterial and Oral DNA testing and analysis when indicated.

It has become more rare but those few cases that are still not responding, we have great working relationships with periodontists, specialists that treat more advanced forms of periodontal disease. We have great communication between offices to make sure the patient’s needs and desires come first. We share assessments and imaging such as x-rays.

Contact Us Today!

Dr. James A. Hasken has been practicing dentistry since 1987. If you have any questions about our Periodontal Care services or would like to schedule an appointment, we invite you to give us a call at (815) 385-0777. We’re always happy to welcome new patients residing throughout McHenry, Crystal Lake, Woodstock, Spring Grove, Richmond, Genoa City, Twin Lakes, Wonder Lake, Island Lake, Johnsburg, Ringwood, Volo, Fox Lake, Lakemoor, Holiday Hills, Round Lake, Round Lake Park, Round Lake Beach, Lake Geneva, and surrounding areas. We are committed to providing exceptional health-focused, minimally-invasive dentistry and empowering our patients with information about their dental health and wellness.

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