Total Smile Care | Gum Disease in Rancho Palos Verdes

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Giri Palani, D.D.S.

 

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Gum Disease
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You probably do not realize that more people suffer from gum disease than we assume. Gum disease, also called periodontitis, is probably the only condition in the mouth which has a multitude of contributing or causative factors, including heredity, insufficient oral hygiene, awkwardly spaced, missing or crowded teeth, or bruxism. Contributing factors can also be mental state, diet, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, side effects of many medications, hormonal fluctuations, and various systemic diseases like diabetes, coronary heart disease, etc. It may certainly be aggravated by rough fillings, crowns and bridges.

In homeopathy, ayurveda and other alternative medicine, gum disease is also recognized as a manifestation of other causative factors that have systemic consequences such as inflammation, heart disease, diabetes, malnutrition, and others.

In our office, therapy is structured into different phases. The causative factors are thoroughly analyzed and addressed. A referral to the patient’s MD or to other holistic nutritionist is considered for immune system support, constitutional therapy, or detoxification. A customized gum treatment strategy is then tailored.

Initial measures usually encompass oral hygiene instructions, thorough pocket irrigations using herbal remediesand probiotics, gentle debridement, gum pocket decontamination, and Low level laser therapy. Deep scaling and root planings are not undertaken until infection is controlled. Even then, these are carried out gently, avoiding soft tissue trauma. Persisting bone defects may finally be approached surgically, cleaned, lasered, and augmented by bone grafting.