With an estimated 80% of the adult population having some form of gum disease, it is necessary to take a more aggressive approach to diagnosis and treatment of gum and periodontal disease for your overall health and wellness. When periodontal disease therapy and preventive dentistry are practiced, your overall healthcare costs are lowered by as much as 30%!
How do you know you have gum disease, and what are the options for treatment?
At Justice Dental, we perform a periodontal screening on all new patients consisting of digital x-rays, a micrscope bacteria test, probing for pocket depths, checking for signs of bleeding, assessing tooth mobility, and checking bone loss.
This system can help prevent future systemic illnesses caused by periodontal disease!
Oral DNA Testing for Periodontal Disease
Because we have seen the evidence proving how your oral health effects your entire body, we are vastly aware of how important your visits with us are. Because of these proven studies, Justice Dental has implemented a new, personalized program to help treat your periodontal disease in a unique way to fight systemic illnesses. Oral DNA testing has the ability to show us the exact types of bacteria that reside in your mouth. Although there are thousands of different kinds of bacteria that are present in your mouth, there are a handful of specific strains of bacteria that can cause major gum and bone infections as well as a variety of deadly systemic diseases. We understand that your mouth is the window to your body; and if your mouth is unhealthy, you have an increased risk of developing other life-threatening diseases such as diabetes, auto-immune diseases, inflammatory diseases, cardiovascular disease, pre-term labor, and much more.
At Justice Dental, we use a test called MyPerioPath that is used to identify the specific kinds of bacteria that are in your mouth. We will have you rinse with a simple saline solution for around 30 seconds and spit the solution into a test tube, where we will then send it to the Oral DNA Lab to be tested for specific, high-risk bacteria. By discovering which high-risk bacteria reside in your mouth, we are able to customize a periodontal maintenance program for you to better fight your Periodontal Disease with specific antibiotics tailored to fight your bacteria, prescription rinses, and at-home as well as in-office maintenance.
In addition, we provide other forms of preventive care for your oral health:
Fluoride Varnish: Depending on your oral health status and susceptibility to developing cavities, professional in-office fluoride treatments may be recommended every three, six or 12 months. At Justice Dental we offer the lead selling fluoride treatment on the market. Our fluoride treatment is painted on the tooth surface and virtually disappears after application so there is no trace of yellow discoloration you see with traditional fluoride varnish treatments. The varnish releases fluoride and calcium up to 24 hours after application ensuring maximum protection for your enamel surface.
Alternative Fluoride-Free MI Paste: Although the center for Disease Control and the American Dental Association has completed numerous studies backing the benefits and safety of fluoride, we respect patients’ positions concerning fluoride. Therefore, we believe in offering patients an alternative treatment. For patients who prefer the use of fluoride-free products we recommend MI Paste to help prevent tooth decay. MI Paste uses RECALDENT™ (CPP-ACP), a special milk-derived protein that helps remineralize teeth. It can be used by patients of all ages as is safe to swallow. It should not, however, be used by patients with a milk protein allergy.
Dental Sealants: Sealants are clear protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth to help keep them cavity-free. Sealants fill in the grooved surfaces of the teeth and prevent food particles from getting caught and causing cavities. Sealants are fast and comfortable to apply and can effectively protect teeth for many years.