Treat gum disease from home with Perio Protect therapy in Waltham, MA

Gum disease is one of the most common chronic conditions in the US and the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease can cause discoloration in your teeth, receding gum lines, and bad breath no matter how often you brush. Dr. Yasmin Chebbi offers Perio Protect therapy, a minimally invasive alternative to scaling and root planing or surgery. 

Causes and symptoms of periodontal disease

Gum disease starts with a bacterial infection hidden in pockets below your gum line. While routine dental cleanings can remove bacteria, it’s only a matter of time before they repopulate, and the cycle continues. While your home hygiene routine is crucial to preventing tooth decay and gum disease, your toothbrush, mouthwash, and floss are not able to reach deep enough below your gums to address infections.

When left untreated, infections in your gums can spread to other parts of your body, and the toxins in the bacteria have been linked to heart disease, arterial inflammation, and Alzheimer’s disease. Active infections strain your immune system, and treating them can help reduce inflammation throughout your body.

While gum disease may go unnoticed in the early stages, Dr. Chebbi will check for signs during your regular checkup. Gum disease can cause redness, swelling, or tenderness in the gums, as well as bleeding when you floss or chew. You may notice bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth, or receding gums. In advanced cases, you may have loose teeth. Dr. Chebbi will evaluate your condition and determine the best course of treatment for you.

How dental professionals use Perio Protect

Perio Protect lets patients treat gum disease from the comfort of their home by delivering antimicrobial medication using custom-fitted trays. The Perio Tray® by Perio Protect applies the medication below your gum line to fight infections and address the issues leading to reinfection. Dr. Chebbi will take impressions of your teeth to create your tray and send them to the lab. Once your tray is ready, she will educate you on the proper way to use it and give you an antimicrobial medication to target the infection. Using the Perio trays takes just a few minutes each day, and once Dr. Chebbi is happy with the results, she will modify your treatment program and focus on preventing further issues. 

Perio Protect can work as an alternative to deep cleanings and gum surgeries or used in conjunction with these therapies to improve the outcome and speed the process up. It also allows Dr. Chebbi to treat your infection without the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, which can kill beneficial bacteria as well as the ones causing the infection. Perio Protect can save you money on the cost of dental procedures such as gum grafts and deep cleanings, and getting your gum disease under control can prevent procedures for replacing missing teeth. Contact our office in Waltham, MA, today at (617) 639-1775 to set up an appointment and learn more about how we can help.