Gum disease can have devastating consequences for your oral health. Left untreated, bacteria will multiply rapidly, leading to tooth loss, gum recession, and even life-threatening infections. Fortunately, with proper care, you can control the disease and prevent long-term dental damage. There are a number of periodontal treatments available. However, whenever possible, seek treatment from a La Jolla holistic dentist. Holistic dentistry uses all-natural treatments for safer and more effective care. Dr. George Georgaklis is a highly respected San Diego holistic dentist. He offers a wide range of periodontal treatments, and he will determine the right one for your particular needs.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. The disease results when oral bacteria develop in pockets in your soft tissues. As the microbes multiply, the pockets will grow larger, causing the tissues to pull away from the underlying bone and tooth roots. The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. In this stage, the condition is reversible. Symptoms include slight gum sensitivity, minor bleeding, and mild inflammation. However, if you do not receive treatment for gingivitis, you will eventually develop periodontitis. In this stage, there is no cure for the condition, although proper care can keep it under control. Symptoms of periodontitis can include more severe inflammation and bleeding, bad breath, loose or missing teeth, and gum recession.

Ozone Therapy with Your San Diego Holistic Dentist

Dr. Georgaklis is one of only a few area dentists who offers ozone therapy to treat gum disease. Ozone is a compound made of three oxygen molecules. This naturally occurring compound can reduce bacteria more effectively than abrasive chemicals. First, your dentist or hygienist will perform scaling and root planing to eliminate bacterial pockets. Often, he or she will use ultrasonic or laser tools to carry out this process. These tools are very precise and will affect less of your soft tissues. Therefore, your treatment should involve minimal discomfort and a brief recovery. After the process is complete, Dr. Georgaklis will rinse out the pockets with ozonated water, produced by his in-office generator. Then he will provide you with a set of custom-made trays, much like those used in teeth whitening. The trays will be filled with ozone gas to target any remaining bacteria. Ozone therapy will not only kill bacteria; it will also speed the natural healing process.

Natural, Effective PeriodyneTM

As part of your periodontal care, your San Diego holistic dentist may also prescribe PeriodyneTM. These capsules contain all-natural cetylated oils. After brushing your teeth, you should open up a capsule and place the contents directly on your gums. After two weeks of use, bleeding could be reduced by up to 87%, and the bacterial pockets my shrink by almost 50%. Dr. Georgaklis is the expert dental advisor for PeriodyneTM. Therefore, he can provide complete guidance in the use of this safe and effective medication.

Contact a La Jolla Holistic Dentist

If you are suffering from the symptoms of gum disease, or if you have not had a routine cleaning in quite some time, schedule an appointment today. George Georgaklis, DDS will provide a complete exam to determine whether you have periodontal disease. Then he can determine the most effective holistic treatment for your needs.