The effect of periodontal disease on the body

Pending CPD Accreditation

At times it almost seems as if a tooth with its root canal system and leaky gums is a device for injecting pathogens into internal spaces where they don’t belong. More and more studies are linking gum disease and its pathogens to systemic diseases from heart attacks, to stokes through to rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s and metabolic syndrome. The SAABP/IAOMT offers resources that revisit the dentinal tubule and the periodontal pocket from the perspective of biological dentistry.

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At times it almost seems as if a tooth with its root canal system and leaky gums is a device for injecting pathogens into internal spaces where they don’t belong. More and more studies are linking gum disease and its pathogens to systemic diseases from heart attacks, to stokes through to rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s and metabolic syndrome. The SAABP/IAOMT offers resources that revisit the dentinal tubule and the periodontal pocket from the perspective of biological dentistry.  We delve deep into the link between gingival inflammation and systemic inflammation and all the consequential chronic disease states. We look at methods used to detect pathogens and monitor their numbers through the course of treatment through to non-drug procedures for eliminating the infection, as well as occasional judicious use of anti-microbial drugs. Laser treatment, ozone treatment, pocket irrigation, and nutritional support are all relevant to this fascinating course about biological periodontal therapy.

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