Oral dysbiosis and COPD

Julie DiNardo, RDH (Hamilton, ON) reports a patient with long-term respiratory disease has recently improved lung function. The patient’s respirologist and the patient are unsure why the improvement. So the patient asked Julie if it has anything to do with Prevora, an antiseptic which she has been receiving in Julie’s practice for the past 5 years.

Perhaps the chart above provides the explanation. It shows how COPD is coincident with extraordinary levels of certain oral bacteria — in particular those which cause inflammation such as Porphyromonas gingivalis.

Prevora is a high-strength, sustained-release, broad-spectrum topical antiseptic applied to the gum line. It manages oral inflammation quickly and for long periods. It re-sets the biofilm at the gum line from being dysbiotic (lots of P. gingivalis) to being symbiotic with the patient (normal levels of P. gingivalis).

This same patient started the Prevora treatment plan with this sentence from her dentist — pull the teeth. 5 years later, she has all of her teeth and improved breathing too.