Advanced Dental Hygiene Program
At The Smile Institute, we have implemented an advanced dental hygiene program to effectively address the concerns of patients with recurring gum bacterial infections and gum bleeding. This comprehensive program aims to target the specific bacteria causing the infection, eliminate them, and provide long-term relief.
Here’s a step-by-step description of how the program is executed:
1. Saliva Sample Collection: To begin the treatment process, we collect a saliva sample from the patient for DNA testing. This allows us to identify the exact bacteria present in the mouth and determine the appropriate course of action.
2. DNA Testing: The saliva sample is analyzed using advanced DNA testing techniques. This helps us identify the specific bacteria causing the infection and provides valuable information for personalized treatment.
3. Antibiotic Selection: Based on the results of the DNA testing, we determine the most suitable antibiotic to address the identified bacterial strains. In some cases, the antibiotics may be prescribed for internal use, such as oral consumption, while in others, they may be applied directly under the gums.
4. Removal of Existing Bacteria: After the antibiotic selection, we schedule specific visits to thoroughly remove the existing bacteria from the gums and surrounding areas. This typically involves a deep cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing, where plaque, tartar, and bacteria are meticulously removed from the tooth surfaces and beneath the gumline.
5. Follow-up DNA Testing: Once the initial bacterial removal is complete, we conduct an additional DNA bacterial test to assess the effectiveness of the treatment. This helps us confirm if the targeted bacteria have been adequately eliminated or if further treatment is necessary.
Why is it important to treat bacteria under the gums?
Bacteria residing under the gums can lead to various oral health issues and have systemic implications for overall health. Research has established a strong link between oral health and several systemic diseases. Here are some examples of diseases connected to bacteria in the oral cavity:
1. Gum Disease: Bacterial infections under the gums are a common cause of gum disease, such as gingivitis and periodontitis. If left untreated, these conditions can result in gum recession, tooth loss, and bone damage. Moreover, gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory infections, preterm birth, low birth weight, rheumatoid arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease.
2. Cardiovascular Disease: Studies have found a correlation between gum disease and an increased risk of cardiovascular conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and atherosclerosis. The bacteria associated with gum disease can enter the bloodstream and contribute to inflammation and the formation of arterial plaques.
3. Diabetes: Gum disease and diabetes have a bidirectional relationship. Individuals with diabetes are more prone to developing gum disease, and untreated gum disease can make it challenging to control blood sugar levels, leading to complications in diabetes management.
4. Respiratory Infections: Oral bacteria can be aspirated into the lungs and contribute to respiratory infections such as pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This is especially relevant for individuals with weakened immune systems or underlying respiratory conditions.
5. Preterm Birth and Low Birth Weight: Pregnant individuals with untreated gum disease have a higher risk of experiencing preterm birth (delivering before 37 weeks of gestation) and giving birth to babies with low birth weight. The bacteria from the oral cavity can enter the bloodstream and potentially affect fetal development.
6. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Emerging research suggests a connection between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The presence of oral bacteria may trigger an immune response that contributes to the development or exacerbation of RA symptoms.
7. Alzheimer’s Disease: Some studies have found associations between gum disease and an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The exact mechanisms are not yet fully understood, but chronic inflammation and bacterial byproducts may play a role.
By specifically targeting and eliminating the bacteria causing the infection, we can halt the progression of gum disease, prevent further damage to oral tissues and supporting structures, and potentially mitigate the risk of these systemic diseases. Treating bacteria under the gums is vital for maintaining long-term oral health and promoting overall health and well-being.
Airflow Master Advanced Hygiene Cleaning Technology
We utilize the Airflow Master hygiene technology at The Smile Institute to enhance the treatment of persistent bacteria associated with gum infections. The Airflow Master system is a state-of-the-art dental device that utilizes a combination of air, water, and fine powder particles to deliver a controlled stream of high-pressure water and remove plaque, tartar, and bacterial deposits from the teeth and gum surfaces. Here’s how it aids in treating persistent bacteria:
1. Effective Biofilm Removal: Biofilm, a slimy layer of bacteria that adheres to tooth surfaces and gums, is a common factor in recurring gum infections. The Airflow Master technology can effectively remove this biofilm by delivering a focused stream of water and powder particles. This helps eliminate bacteria that may be residing in hard-to-reach areas, such as gum pockets and interdental spaces.
2. Gentle and Minimally Invasive: The Airflow Master system offers a gentle and minimally invasive approach to dental cleaning. It does not involve the use of sharp instruments or scraping, reducing discomfort for the patient. The fine powder particles used in the airflow can effectively remove deposits without causing damage to the tooth enamel or gum tissues.
3. Enhanced Precision and Efficiency: The Airflow Master device is designed to provide precise and controlled cleaning. The water and powder particles are directed precisely at the targeted areas, ensuring thorough removal of plaque and bacteria. This level of precision contributes to improved treatment outcomes and efficient cleaning procedures.
4. Stain Removal and Smoother Surfaces: In addition to bacterial removal, the Airflow Master system can effectively remove surface stains caused by factors like smoking, coffee, or tea. This leads to a brighter smile and smoother tooth surfaces, which can discourage the accumulation of plaque and bacteria in the future.
By incorporating the Airflow Master hygiene technology into our treatment protocols, we can enhance the effectiveness of bacterial removal and improve the overall oral health of our patients. This innovative approach, combined with our advanced dental hygiene program, helps us address persistent bacterial infections, prevent future issues, and promote optimal oral health and hygiene.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is often lost form the surface of the teeth due to the bad foods we consume. Sugars produce acids that leech fluoride from your enamel, which ultimately leads to tooth decay. In order to preserve your smile, it is essential to opt for fluoride treatments that seal the enamel shut and prevent it from becoming prey to the bacteria. Fluoride treatments are completely harmless due to the amount of fluoride used.
It is, however, a necessary element for our teeth in order to make them stronger, just as calcium is necessary for our bones. For example, too much calcium would be dangerous for the body, but the right amount is necessary, just as fluoride is. This is especially useful for children that consume too many sweets!
Antibiotic Treatment Under the Gums
Do you have painful teeth and swollen gums? Perhaps, you may need some antibiotics to help you recover from an oral infection! Our skilled doctors will carry out a thorough screening before prescribing antibiotics to rule out the type and severity of the infection you’re suffering from.
Common infections that require antibiotics include ulcerative gingivitis and mouth abscesses.
Are you or your child addicted to sweets and confectionaries? Sugar from the sweets aids the bacteria in your mouth to produce acids that can attack your enamel and destroy your teeth. Dental Sealants are a great way to prevent tooth decay and preserve your smile.
It is made up of a thin plastic coating that acts as a physical barrier, protecting your precious enamel from plaque and acids. Not investing in sealants now can later result in greater costs for restorative treatments – therefore, keep in mind, prevention is always better than cure!