The FDA approved screening tests we provide have the same level of accuracy that you would get from a clinical lab.

What are the warning signs of oral bacterial inflammation?

The dentist looks for red, swollen or tender gums that bleed easily when performing the dental exam, persistent bad breath, a frequent bad taste, and shifting teeth causing spacing or a change in the way teeth fit together when the patient bites. Inflammation is how the body fights infection. Many times patients have no discomfort with mild chronic infection until the disease has spread to a point where the tooth is unsalvageable and the health of the rest of the body is at risk. That's why it is advised to get frequent dental exams and preventive dental cleanings.

What does periodontal treatment involve?

In most cases of oral bacterial inflammation the treatment involves cleaning under the gums, which is called scaling and root planing. Occasionally we use gentle laser therapy which in most cases eliminates the need for painful and costly scalpel surgery. As adjuncts to treatment, university tested mouthwash, toothpaste, and pharmaceutical supplements have proven to be key elements in determining long term oral health.

How do you prevent oral bacterial inflammation?

As part of our service, we will design a personalized program of oral home care to meet your needs. We realize that most patients do not floss daily, so a proven and more effective user friendly program will be customized for you to follow.

Is maintenance important?

YES~The at home program we teach you along with a through dental cleaning and exam at 3-6 month intervals as determined by your dentist, will eliminate the possibility of periodontal disease affecting your overall health.

Heart Disease and Stroke #1 and #3 Killer

Research shows that the link between heart disease and oral bacterial inflammation is as strong as the link between heart disease and cholesterol, body weight, or smoking. Patients with oral bacterial inflammation were shown to have twice the risk of a heart attack and triple the risk of stroke. The bacteria responsible for periodontal disease can travel through your bloodstream to the arteries around your heart where they trigger a cycle of inflammation and arterial narrowing that contributes to heart attacks High sensitivity C-Reactive Protein, cholesterol, and elevated glucose (blood sugar) are risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Periodontal disease can raise all 3 blood markers. As part of our service we screen to help identify your risk of heart disease and stroke before and after periodontal treatment. Many times blood chemistry improves after periodontal treatment and the Healthy Heart Dentistry® protocol.

Diabetes Mellitus-#6 Killer

Diabetics have twice the incidence of periodontal disease. It is estimated there are 6 million diabetics undiagnosed in the U.S. Periodontal diseases may contribute to the progression of prediabetes, and can worsen blood sugar control and increase susceptibility to infection in the current 21 million diabetics, projected to double in number by 2010. 54 million people have prediabetes and many of them will develop Type 2 diabetes within 10 years. As indicated, part of our service is screening for diabetes and prediabetes on patients with oral bacterial inflammation before and after periodontal treatment to help improve the health of all of our patients.


Studies suggest that osteoporosis may lead to tooth loss because the density of the bone that supports the teeth may be decreased, which means the teeth no longer have a solid foundation. oral bacterial inflammation adds to bone loss and speeds up the process.

Other Systemic Diseases

Any disease that interferes with the body's immune system may worsen the condition of the gums.

Preterm Low- Birth -Weight Babies

Severe periodontal disease in pregnant women is shown to have a sevenfold increase in the risk of delivering preterm, low-birth-weight babies. Researchers estimate that as many as 18 percent of the 250,000 premature low-weight infants born in the United States each year may be attributed to infectious oral disease. A much higher death occurs in premature, low birth weight newborns.

The emotional, social, and economic costs associated with these small babies are staggering. Hospital costs alone surpass $5 billion annually. When costs to society in terms of suffering and managing long-term disabilities often associated with prematurity are considered, this figure escalates dramatically.

Respiratory Disease

Bacterial respiratory infections are thought to be acquired through aspiration (inhaling) of fine droplets from the mouth and throat into the lungs. These droplets contain germs that can breed and multiply within the lungs to cause damage. If you have serious oral bacterial inflammation and lung problems, inhaling (aspirating) bacteria from your mouth into your lungs may result in aspiration pneumonia, a condition that's especially common in hospitals where patients may be sedated or have tracheal tubes. Many times patients notice an improvement in the occurrence of sinus infections after controlling their periodontal disease.

Stomach ulcers and cancer

Research indicates that Helicobacter pylori bacteria is associated with oral bacterial inflammation. These bacteria can cause duodenal ulcer disease and has been implicated in the development of gastric ulcers. Moreover, it has been associated with an increased risk for gastric cancer.

Pancreatic cancer

In one recent Harvard study, a 63% increase of pancreatic cancer was noted in men who had oral bacterial inflammation. In addition, people with a history of oral bacterial inflammation and recent tooth loss, have a 2.7-fold higher risk of this fatal cancer.