Posts tagged: Gum Disease

Study Using Periowave™ Shows Rapid Resolution Of Aggressive Periodontitis

We’re pleased to announce today that the results of a study involving antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy (aPDT), or Photodisinfection, were presented at the 13th International Photodynamic Association World Congress. This study, conducted by Dr. Veronique Benhamou, evaluated the use of the Periowave™ Photodisinfection System in the treatment of an aggressive case of periodontitis.

The current standard of care for aggressive periodontitis involves scaling and root planing in conjunction with antibiotic therapy. The subject of this study received scaling and root planing followed by aPDT (PeriowaveTM) in place of any antibiotic therapy.  This protocol produced rapid, clinically significant results and no adverse events were reported.  The significance of the results was confirmed through standard clinical tests and x-rays.

Periowave™ is a painless, non-invasive procedure that can significantly improve treatment outcomes when added to scaling and root planing.

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Gum Disease & Its Link To Pre-term Births

In a previous blog post, we discussed gum disease and its systemic effects on whole body health. Lately, an increasing number of studies have detailed the association between gum disease and the adverse outcomes in pregnancy. It has been shown that gum disease places a pregnant woman more at risk of pre-term births than smoking or consuming alcohol1. It has also been shown that pregnant women with severe gum disease can be 7.5x more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small2. Preterm births are considered a major risk factor as well as cost factor.

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Gum Disease and The Oral Systemic Link

I see lines written just like this all the time:

Periodontal disease has been linked to rheumatoid arthritis, pre-term birth, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and even cancer.

For someone who has been actively involved in the dental industry, a line like that is pretty easy to digest, but I know a good many people who would stop reading after the word periodontal.  It can be a bit jarring to remember that not everyone understands the oral systemic link, so I want to explain it in a way that makes sense. Read more »

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