The traditional way to treat Gum Disease or as we
dentists call it, “Periodontal Disease,” is to remove the bacterial
deposits. Depending on the amount of damage that has been caused by the
bacteria, this could be done surgically or nonsurgically.
Keep in mind that the bacteria reproduce every 24 hours
so daily flossing is critical to keep the deposits from reforming. About
15 years ago, I was introduced to a new approach that made a lot of
sense. There are some 800 different bacteria that can live in your
mouth, so identifying which bacteria you have greatly improves your
results. At Simpson Dental Associates, we do bacterial testing to see
what strain of bacteria is present in your mouth. This allows us to
prescribe the antibiotic specific to your particular disease. Also, we
implement lasers to kill bacteria and encourage reattachment of gum
We have seen a noticeable improvement in the treatment
of periodontal disease by including bacterial testing and laser therapy
in conjunction with traditional treatment. In our hands this modern
approach has helped so many of our patients control gum disease. It is
amazing how many dentists are realizing the benefit this relatively new
treatment can be for their patients.
Don’t worry if some dentists you ask do not know about
it or say it does not work. It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks.
Ask them if they have tried it. My experience is that people who have
never tried it are the ones who say it does not work. You know how old
dogs can be.