PERIODONTAL ISSUE | JULY 2021
When our patients think of their oral health, I think it’s safe to assume that the first thing they think of is their teeth! Hopefully, they are doing what they can at home to prevent plaque and tartar from building up and caries from forming. But do they realize that they need to take care of their gums as well? Let’s talk about periodontal health! According to the FDI World Dental Association, up to 50% of the global adult population suffers from periodontal disease, making it one of the world’s most common diseases.
Effects of Lactobacillus Reuteri Lozenges (Prodentis) as Adjunctive Therapeutic Agent in Non-Surgical Therapy of Periodontitis
Balkan Journal of Dental Medicine 2021, Zerina Hadzic et al
Our body is full of bacteria, and while many people still associate bacteria as harmful and disease causing, we know that they have many benefits such as supporting your immune function, controlling inflammation and helping to improve your digestion. However, when the bad bacteria in our body begins to overpopulate and form biofilms then we start to see a negative reaction in our bodies. This is also true when it comes to the bacteria biofilm in the oral cavity. This is where probiotics come in to restore the balance! The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of Lactobacillus reuteri lozenges as an adjunctive therapeutic agent in combination with scaling and root planing in patients with periodontitis.
Role of Occlusion in Periodontal Disease
Periodontol 2000 2019, Euloir Passanezi et al
Occlusal trauma, most commonly in the chronic stage can cause a variety of symptoms, including tooth mobility, temporomandibular joint pain, and pain on mastication. Eventually, trauma from occlusion can affect the ability of the tissues to withstand occlusal force and it becomes impaired by bone loss and inflammation. In the following article, we will learn more about how the role of occlusal trauma is correlated with periodontal pockets and supporting tissues and how it can facilitate the deepening of periodontal pockets as these would render the periodontal supporting tissues more amenable to the spread of disease causing biofilm.