Gum disease is an inflammatory condition that affects the tissues that support the teeth, including the gums, bone, ligaments, and cementum. In its earliest forms, gum disease can be reversible, but if left untreated, the condition may worsen to the point where you need treatment.
In some cases, invasive treatment options like surgery are recommended, but there is a relative newcomer on the scene when it comes to treatment options – Periogen.
What is Periogen?
Periogen is a new product that was created to be used with a waterpik. It is a tartar dissolving liquid, and when used with a special waterpik tip, it can be placed exactly where it needs to go in order to get rid of tartar that could cause gum disease, cavities, and other problems. While brushing and flossing are important steps in keeping plaque off of the teeth so that it isn’t able to form tartar, these methods are limited in that they can’t access the pockets of the gums. The Periogen system makes that possible.
How Can Periogen Combat Gum Disease?
Periogen is an oral rinse that has been proven effective when it comes to dissolving built up tartar between your cleanings. Tartar is found both below and above the gum line, and it consists mostly of calcium phosphate. This tartar then causes gum disease by housing bacteria that release toxins, resulting in an inflammatory process that destroys healthy gums and their supporting structures. When rinsing with Periogen several times a day, you can reduce the tartar level buildup in your mouth, making your dental visits easier and protecting your teeth.
While Periogen can certainly help to keep tartar off of your teeth, this treatment shouldn’t replace your six month dental appointments. Make sure that you are continuing to see your dentist so that the health of your teeth and gums can be assessed.
Please contact us if you have any questions about Periogen and gum disease.