Treating Gum Issues With Lasers

treating gum issuesThere are many ways of treating gum issues but lasers are becoming a very popular in treating periodontal disease and other gum problems in dentistry. Gum surgery and re-forming gums may be necessary if there is decay underneath the gums or if they are uneven or overgrown.

There are different types of lasers that dentists use.  Some lasers are used in oral surgery and other dentistry. A type of laser treatment called diode laser technology has proven to be highly effective at treating gum disease. It allows dentists to fix the patients gums without a scalpel.

If you have issues with your gums you may want to find a dentist or oral surgeon that uses diode laser technology.

Treating Your Gum Problems With Lasers |Gilreath Dental

Graphene: The Future Dental Decay Terminator!

grapheneDental problems are one of the most common ailments that affects 90 percent of the population worldwide. The severity of dental problems may vary from things like bad breath, dental decay or gum problems. When it comes to dental decay, the main reason for it is attack of bacteria in the mouth. The evidence of plaque and tartar on teeth surfaces irritate the gums and cause gum problems like gingivitis. Prolonged and untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis. When this happens, many dentists recommend their patients take a course of antibiotics to get rid of the problem with decay-causing bacteria. The bad news is that repeated and relentless use of antibiotics has led to the development of resistance in these bacteria.

Because of this predicament, scientists have discovered a new, unique material called graphene oxide. They have found that this compound can fight against certain bacterial strains and protect the teeth from decay. Their findings have been published in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

Graphene oxide is the term used to describe carbon nanosheets that are filled with oxygen groups. The scientists found that graphene oxide can curb the growth of some specific strains of bacteria. The best part is that the harm caused to our body’s cells in the process of bacterial destruction is minimal. Now the job was to determine whether graphene oxide is effective against decay causing bacteria or not. For this purpose they tested three different bacterial species which are associated with dental decay or gum problems. Graphene oxide acted on the cell walls or cell membranes of these bacteria and slowed down their growth rate. The lowering of the growth rate diminishes the rate of disease progress. This effect of graphene oxide was considered as a great achievement for the researchers as they found this landmark of treatment of dental diseases.

But, this study does need the support of more factual information. Several other tests and examination will be conducted to get the desired results. We can keep our fingers crossed that the day is not far off when we will be able to invent or discover a true terminator of dental and gum diseases!

Treating Gum Conditions In Kidney Disease Patients

People who are affected by chronic kidney disease often have poor health outcomes because of an increase in cardiovascular disease. Some studies have shown that those with kidney disease  are linked to gum conditions such as periodontitis.

Treating periodontitis can significantly reduce the risk of fatal heart disease in these patients with chronic kidney disease. Studies show that more than 85% of these patients do have gum disease because of failure to remove dental plaque. Bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause clots and narrowing of arteries.

Read more about this study on Medical News Today here: Treating A Common Gum Condition Could Reduce Risks Of Heart Attacks In Kidney Disease Patients|Medical News Today.

Graphene Oxide Helps Fight Gum Disease

graphene oxideGum disease is caused by an overgrowth of certain types of bacteria in the mouth.  Some of these bacteria have even developed antibiotic resistance. Scientists have discovered a material, graphene oxide, that is has been shown effective in eliminating these types of bacteria.

Dentists will often prescribe antibiotics to patients that have signs of gum disease to kill the disease causing bacteria.  But with the rise in antibiotic resistance, scientists have looked for new ways to fix these issues.  Researchers tested graphene oxide materials against three different types of disease causing bacteria.  It slowed the growth of pathogens by destroying the bacterial cell walls and membranes. The results? Graphene oxide could have potential use in dental treatments.

Graphene: A New Tool For Fighting Cavities And Gum Disease?|Medical News Today

Gum Disease And Kaposis Sarcoma

Kaposi's SarcomaMore evidence that gum disease can cause other health related issues is now evidence in studies from Case Western Reserve University. It’s been found that fatty acids from bacteria that are present in gum disease may cause Kaposis Sarcoma (an oral cancer) related lesions and tumors in the mouth.

If these lesions or tumors are found, they can be tested and hopefully treated for cancer before it would become malignant. Early detection is the key to surviving Kaposis Sarcoma. It seems that people with HIV are even more susceptible to this type of cancer that can be tied to gum disease.  The fact of the matter remains, excellent oral hygiene is so important not only for the mouth, but for overall health.  Read more about the study in the article on Dentistry Today here: Bacteria Causing Gum Disease May Lead To Oral Cancer Growth.