Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease can be identified by inflammation of oral tissue, infections below the gums and the presence of disease-causing bacteria. Infections and bacteria, especially in and around the mouth, have the ability to spread across the body and is often related to serious health issues such as osteoporosis, diabetes and heart disease.

The best way to treat this gateway disease is to maintain exquisite oral hygiene. But the consistent growth of new gum pockets, the sight of chronic infection and the presence of bacteria are common and often untreated. Dr. Okada’s highly regarded Hygiene Department is prepared to find the best, simplest solution for you.

To start, a hygienist will use a variety of tools to measure and track, in detail, your current condition with procedures including digital imaging, salivary testing and specific oral measurements.

To treat and reduce progression of the disease, a combination of nonsurgical periodontal care and laser gum procedures can be performed by our highly trained hygienists.

 Procedures such as laser soft tissue curettage and sulcular debridement (cleaning of pockets between tooth and gum) can be used to address your specific level of infection. The laser light treatment eliminates pathogens from the periodontal pocket and creates an environment in which normal flora returns and survives. The bactericidal and detoxifying effect of laser treatment is advantageous in periodontal therapy & has been well-documented. Patients work closely with Dr. Okada’s hygienists to decide what treatment works best for them. Call today for a consultation.

Systemic Link

Periodontal disease is dangerous in that it is often painless and has little to no obvious symptoms (similar to hypertension). 80% of Americans will be afflicted with periodontal disease by age 45. Bacteria from periodontal disease may enter the bloodstream, causing the liver to produce extra CRP, which then leads to inflamed arteries and possibly blood clots. Inflamed arteries can lead to blockage, which can cause heart attacks or strokes. 

Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. 50% of heart attacks are caused by periodontal disease. Enacting positive oral hygiene practices and obtaining treatment for periodontal problems can help prevent the risk of heart disease.

Inflammation of the oral tissue from bacteria has also been linked to respiratory problems. The harmful bacteria can travel to the lungs, and contribute to the inflammation of the lining of the lungs.