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By Dr. Ellen Lewis

What leads to periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease’s cause is multi-factorial. Genetics can set the stage for a pro-inflammatory or a normal inflammatory response. Foods in the diet can be drivers of inflammation, particularly in a genetically prone individual. Environmental factors such as smoking, stress, sleep disorders, diabetes, immune suppression are all rampant and all play a role in the development of periodontal disease. Finally, a variety of pathogens including bacteria, viruses, and yeast are all contributing factors.

What action should someone take if they are diagnosed with periodontal disease?

#1. Confirm if the cause is bacterial or fungal. Test your oral microbiome. We have partnered with Oral DNA Labs to offer the most comprehensive oral microbiome testing through PCR (DNA) technology called the “Myperiopath”. You can learn more about the testing and view a sample report here.

#2 Treat any harmful pathogens (before debridement!) with either natural antimicrobials or antibiotics. My natural go-to is found here:

#3. Correct the microbiome by taking a prebiotic and a probiotic. If digestive symptoms are present, investigate further with a complete microbiome analysis of the digestive tract.

#4 Investigate and treat any other factors that may driving inflammation. Consider food sensitivity testing, heavy metal testing, autoimmune testing, etc.

#5 Last, but definitely not least, have a top-notch dentist and dental hygienist team that you know and trust that have a plan of action.

Periodontal disease is a sign of something happening on a deeper level. Reach out if you need additional support getting to the bottom of your periodontal disease.

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