It's the Battle of Good versus Bad
The bacterial disease originating from the mouth have been implicated in several serious systemic illnesses. We utilize high tech methods of diagnosing and treating these infections including:
- One, two and three dimensional digital imaging
- Laser assisted periodontal therapy
- Piezo electric periodontal instrumentation
- Biologic wound management in conjunction with oral surgery procedures (patient specific)
- Passive ultrasonic irrigation and laser assisted endodontic therapy and many more options
Recent research indicates a strong relationship between oral bacterial plaque-related diseases (dental infections, gingivitis and periodontal disease) and diseases in other parts of the body. This is of major concern to the medical community, because it is being realized that oral diseases and bacteria have a major impact not only on the health of the oral cavity, but also on the overall health of the human body.
What is Biofilm?
Biofilm is a collection of microbes (including bacteria) with a distinct architecture. A biofilm is like a tiny city in which microbial cells, each only a micrometer or two long, form towers that can be hundreds of micrometers high. The "streets" between the towers are really fluid-filled channels that bring in nutrients, oxygen and other necessities for live biofilm communities.
Biofilms form on the surface of teeth, catheter lines and contact lenses. They grow on pacemakers, heart valve replacements, artificial joints and other surgical implants. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that over 65% of hospital-acquired infections are caused by biofilms.
Bacteria growing in a biofilm are highly resistant to antibiotics, up to 1,000 times more resistant than the same bacteria not growing in a biofilm.
It is important for the patient to understand their role in the reduction of dental biofilm through effective home care and regular visits to their dentist.