Caron Glickman DDS
General & Cosmetic Dental Spa, Modern Integrative Dentistry,
Duvall Dental & Smile Makeover
(425) 788-1551

Gum Disease

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Explore your options & alternatives to Gum or Flap Surgery

Sore & Bleeding Gums:  Gingivitis - Gum Disease - Periodontal Disease

Exciting, revolutionary Non Surgical advances have been made to the modern dentists approach to Periodontal Disease.

Gum disease (also called Periodontal Disease), is asymptomatic in its early stages (gingivitis and type II periodontitis), it is often painless and difficult to detect visibly.  However, as gum disease advances (types III and IV), gums can appear swollen and red, can bleed easily, and there can be gum recession, pus and tooth mobility, and even loss of teeth.  Regular dental check-ups are vital to detect the changes that indicate the presence of periodontal disease.

Dr. Glickman and her staff use specialized testing to diagnose and stage periodontal disease, and provide several very effective, conservative treatments as an alternative to periodontal flap surgery.

These advanced treatments typically provide you with an alternative to surgery - gum surgery - flap surgery.

We help you eliminate your gum infection and return to oral health!  See links below for all the details and more information.

Perio Protect - for Periodontal Disease

#1 Alternative to Surgery * offered by Great-Smile in Duvall, WA

Gum ( periodontal ) disease is a bacterial infection caused by germs. Traditional treatment has been "mechanical" deep root cleaning and gum surgery. This method improves the gums for a while, but does not stop the germs from getting re-establishing. Because of the bacterial nature of gum disease - the gum disease often returns.

Dr. Glickman is one of a few dentists in Washington, who provide the Perio Protect treatment. It is a new healthy method of treating gum problems by applying medicine directly to the gums. It doesn't hurt and is done by the patient at home. Special FDA approved mouth guards are filled with a medicine gel that gets pushed below the gumline.

The medicine kills the germs and allows the gums to heal. Bad breath is eliminated, bleeding and swelling of gums stops. There is no pain and it has a pleasant taste. Patients are excited because most can avoid gum surgery. Perio Protect along with vitamins and nutritional supplements can provide a long term approach to gum disease because it eliminates the cause of the problem, germs.

There are some side effects related to using this oral medicine. They include fresh breath, whiter teeth and happy gums. It's true, the Perio Protect treatment actually whitens teeth because the gel used in the mouth guards is a form of tooth whitener. Additionally, the patient's breath gets fresher because the odor causing germs are wiped out from the medicine gel. Bacteria release gas that creates a bad odor in your mouth. Perio Protect gel is a medicine that destroys the germs and oxygenates the gum tissues. Fresh breath comes from regular use of the gel.

Oral Health and Cardiovascular Disease

There is a growing concern throughout the medical community discussing the
correlation between Oral health and Heart Disease.

  • Several theories exist to explain the link between periodontal disease and heart disease.  One theory is that oral bacteria can affect the heart when they enter the blood stream, attaching to fatty plaques in the coronary arteries (heart blood vessels) and contributing to clot formation.
  • Another possibility is that the inflammation caused by periodontal disease increases plaque build up, which may contribute to swelling of the arteries.
  • Researchers have found that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without periodontal disease.
  • Additional studies have pointed to a relationship between periodontal disease and stroke.

*My Health Report:  The Gum-Heart Connection & a free risk Assessment tool

Visit these websites for more information about the association between oral health and heart disease.
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