Check out the health impact of obesity, taken from the Department of Health. Notice how gum disease is dissed as a health impact regardless of gender.
- Are 5 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes
- Are more than 2.5 times more likely to develop high blood pressure ? a major risk factor for stroke and heart disease
- Are almost 13 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes
- Are more than 4 times more likely to develop high blood pressure
- Are more than 3 times more likely to have a heart attack
Diagnosing the stages of gum disease, therapy, and products that can best contribute to your patients' oral health must align. It is here that our gray area in periodontal screening and diagnosis exists. Some dentists prefer to refer to a specialist, others use lasers with success, and others treat within their practice.
That said, let's stick to the basics for gum health products. Toothpaste, toothbrush, interdental cleaner, and mouth rinse products are important. Patients rely on our knowledge for products. My advice: Make it fun and interesting so they "get" it!
Here are some helpful products:
Colgate Total toothpaste can eliminate bacteria that cause gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, for 12 hours. It is both ADA and FDA-approved.
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean can remove 4 times more plaque than a manual toothbrush in 4 weeks. DiamondClean can also beat out its own stat on plaque removal with Philips Sonicare FlexCare!
Additionally, Water Pik Water Flosser can be 29% more effective at removing plaque than string floss! Just a 3-second application of pulsating water at 70 psi can result in up to 99.9% plaque removal from the treated area. Personally, I'm an advocate for this, yet I have worked for a specialist who was not. Pay attention to your doctor?s preference so you do not confuse your patient.
OraCare mouth rinse by Dentist Select can kill some of the bacteria association with periodontal disease. This rinse has a pleasant clean taste, does not stain your teeth, can help whiten them, can break down biofilm, and can safely be used long-term.
These 3 basics components are your start to win the battle of the bulging gum tissue. Home care habits are the first line of defense only preceded by your co-diagnosis in periodontal assessment, and followed with assertive therapy provided by your practice or specialist. After all, the biggest loser should reflect the loss of weight, not teeth!
Anastasia challenges dental professionals to continually raise the standard of patient care. She is an author in several dental industry publications and is published as an oral health source for numerous online consumer-based sites. Her weekly video blog on YouTube; Anastasia's Hump Day Happenings answers questions from the general public on oral health topics. Anastasia is a spokesperson, independent consultant, working with several companies to develop website content, social media presence, continuing education programs and in-office training for dental hygiene departments on product integration with team communication.