Will you be attending the ODA Annual Spring Meeting this week? If so, don’t forget to visit the PeriowaveTM team at booths #1919,1921. This time last year, Periowave Dental Technologies Inc. successfully launched the new PeriowaveTM Handheld Laser. It has dramatically made the delivery of the therapy more convenient and easier to use & implement.
To see firsthand our popular PeriowaveTM Hand Held Laser, come visit us at booths #1919,1921. Our expert clinical trainers – Karen Cunliffe, Kelly French, Sandy Giovannone and Tracy Walton will be on hand to walk you through clinical case studies and show you how PeriowaveTM can help build your practice. Read More
This week is National Dental Hygienists Week. It marks a fantastic opportunity to highlight the important role dental hygienists play in maintaining good oral health. As prevention professionals, we help patients understand how oral hygiene is more than just teeth, and that gum care is key in their overall health. As many of you may already know, gum disease continues to be the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults, and over half of all people today over the age of 30 have some form of this disease.
As a practicing dental hygienist in a periodontal practice in Saskatchewan for almost 30 years, I have treated thousands of patients that present with cases of severe gum disease. For many years now, I have believed that we have been missing something in the treatment of periodontal disease. Scaling and root planing, or periodontal debridement, is not 100% effective and patients are very keen on avoiding painful periodontal surgery. In my heart of hearts, I thought that there would be some ‘magical antibiotic’ that we would be able to prescribe patients. But this was not the case, and I realized that there had to be a better solution for my patients.
"Not only are we winning the battle against gum disease, with Periowave we are winning the war"
Recently, signs of past and present oral infections have been linked to an increased incidence of breast cancer
Since the early 1990’s, a number of systemic maladies have been associated with chronic periodontitis. Initially, these reports were greeted skeptically. Many suspected no pathophysiological relationships, and questioned if the correlations were just coincidence or were indicative of etiologically unrelated co-morbidities. Such doubts were sensible given the possibility that data mining may have biased early reports. Nevertheless, others were spurred to perform additional studies that uncovered additional associations, etiologic explanations and assessed the effects of periodontal interventions on systemic conditions.
Years later, it’s now thought the systemic inflammatory burden incurred by those with periodontitis, along with the seeding of oral pathogens via the circulation to other sites, represent plausible pathophysiological explanations underscoring the potential for periodontitis to aggravate or even help induce certain systemic conditions.[i] Read More