Just as we visit our doctors because we care about our general health, we work with our dentists because the health of our teeth and gums is also important. Studies performed over the past few decades, however, are pointing to the vast significance of oral bacteria when it comes to our general health.
A large number of different bacteria live in the mouth. It is known that some types of bacteria are harmful to teeth and gums, leading to cavities, gum disease, bad breath, and even oral cancer. What research has shown us is that the chronic inflammation that develops due to thriving oral bacteria is a risk factor to heart attack, diabetes, and stroke, three of the most common, deadly conditions Americans experience today.
Standard periodontal care in Los Angeles, CA and beyond focuses on the removal of tartar build-up on teeth. While this beneficial practice is good for teeth and gums, it is not necessarily the most appropriate form of treatment for prolonged oral health. Removing plaque and tartar is good, but it is not a guarantee that all forms of harmful bacteria will be eliminated for good. In fact, there are a number of types of bacteria associated with gum disease that are resistant to the efforts of both at home and professional cleanings.
At Downtown Dental, we have incorporated the type of periodontal care that helps us gain better insight into the potential for specific types of bacteria to live in the mouth. During routine examinations, our team takes a sample of saliva, which is analyzed in a sophisticated DNA testing process. In completing this simple, convenient test, we know the exact types of bacteria that a patient has, or may develop. With this knowledge, we are able to devise a proactive, preventive treatment plan consisting of specific medicines or antibiotics.
Gum disease threatens not only the health of your gum tissue, but harbors bacteria that might travel systemically to the heart and other organs. We don’t think our patients should wait until disease occurs to treat it. In taking a proactive approach with routine periodontal care, general health can be better guarded.
Contact Downtown Dental for your dental examination with saliva testing.