“Brush twice a day, floss everyday”. Most patients have heard this phrase from their hygienist for as long as they can remember visiting the dentist. You probably know that periodontal (gum) disease is caused by bacteria found in plaque. For most people, periodontal disease can be prevented by maintaining good oral hygiene at home and visiting their oral health professionals on a regular basis. This is very true for most cases; however, some individuals may have several underlying factors that contribute to gingival inflammation despite following the normal recommendations. At Omega Dental Care, we take a very comprehensive approach in evaluating our patients’ overall health to uncover some of these factors. Examples of systemic factors may include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, compromised immune systems, hormonal imbalances, poor nutrition, and even genetic factors. We want you to have the best chance of good health as possible. Oftentimes, the state of your oral health is a reflection of your whole body wellness or disease.
By utilizing technology such as salivary testing and blood testing, we can better determine systemic and some genetic contributing factors, as well as specific bacterial strains which play an important role in oral diseases. All of the information gained can help you find a better solution for gaining and maintaining good oral health. You now have the tools. We can help. All you have to do is make the decision for better oral health.
Best of Health,
Mary Liss, RDH
Ann Soberay, DDS, Cariologist