Periodontal Antioxidant Therapy
Redefining oral care with antioxidants
Keeping your mouth healthy with antioxidants may be the best thing you can do for your overall health.
Antioxidants are a natural component of saliva. Research shows salivary antioxidants are extremely important in regulating oral chemistry and oral health. From the co-founder of antioxidant skin care giant SkinCeuticals, PerioSciences is the first to market a new category in personal care – Antioxidant Oral Care. The importance is that oral health has now been linked to systemic health issues such as cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and other serious diseases.
Through dental procedures and the materials used in dentistry such as whitening gels, implants, crowns, dentures, as well as environmental elements and self-induced materials such as nicotine and alcohol, tissues in the mouth are exposed to many types of free radicals or reactive oxygen species (ROS). An accumulation of free radicals, regardless of the source, can lead to a condition called Oxidative Stress. Oxidative stress is a key component in inflammation and linked to a series of oral diseases such as periodontal disease. Antioxidants fight oxidative stress. Antioxidants exist naturally in saliva and protect against oral disease including periodontitis and oral cancer.
Infection is a major trigger for inflammation and oxidative stress. Antibiotics can control the micro-organisms that contribute to periodontitis and other oral infections. However, antibiotics do not necessarily address the free radicals and oxidative stress that accompany inflammation.The family of AO Pro products by PerioSciences utilize novel combinations of specific antioxidants that work with the natural antioxidants contained in saliva. Antioxidant oral care can block the production of ROS or obstruct its effects and be therapeutically valuable in reducing the risk for many dental maladies.
SOURCE: Compendium of Continuing Education In Dentistry, Jan.-Feb. 2011, Volume 32, Issue I. Reactive Oxygen Species and Antioxidant Defense Mechanisms in the Oral Cavity: A Literature Review, San Miguel, Svoboda, et al. Baylor College of Dentistry
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