Did you know that an estimated 65 million people in the U.S. have some form of gum disease? A lot has been learned about this condition over the last several decades. Not only can it cause tooth loss, but researchers have found that it’s also linked to many diseases, including heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s and some cancers.
Given the potential impact that gum disease can have, it makes sense that you’d want to find the best treatment possible to improve both your oral health and overall health! The good news is that laser gum treatment in Annapolis can successfully treat this disease while still being minimally invasive. In this blog, we’ll review some general information about this common condition and how lasers work to treat it.
What Are the Signs of Gum Disease?
Periodontal (gum) disease affects the gums and underlying jawbone that support the teeth and keep them in place. In severe cases, the teeth can become loose and fall out. It’s been called a “silent disease,” like diabetes, because it’s not painful.
During the first stage, called gingivitis, you might notice swollen, tender tissues or bleeding after brushing and flossing. Gingivitis can usually be reversed with regular dental care and consistent brushing and flossing.
In later stages, you might begin to notice chronic bad breath, painful chewing, loose teeth, or receding gums. Once gum disease progresses past gingivitis, it can no longer be reversed or cured, but it can be managed and stabilized.
Risk factors include genetics, diabetes, inadequate hygiene, and smoking. Although you don’t have control over all of them, here are some ways to try and prevent gum disease:
- Get regular checkups and cleanings with a dentist in Annapolis.
- Avoid tobacco.
- Commit to brushing twice a day and flossing once.
- If you have diabetes, work with your doctor to keep it well managed.
How Does Laser Treatment Work?
After diagnosis, the first stage of treatment is usually what’s called “scaling and root planing,” also known as a deep cleaning.
This treatment is much more effective when used in conjunction with lasers! We specifically use a laser called the Millenium Periolase. It works by destroying bacteria and diseased tissue without harming healthy tissue.
By precisely targeting the source of the problem, the treatment is much more predictable and can deliver better results. In addition, it’s more comfortable for the patient and keeps bleeding to a minimum.
If you have gum disease, why not take advantage of all that modern dentistry has to offer? You can get better results with less discomfort – now that’s a win-win situation!
About the Author
By combining nearly four decades of experience with the latest dental techniques, Dr. Barry Grosshandler delivers outstanding results. His goal is to provide top-notch, comfortable treatment to all of his patients with gum disease and reduce their risk of tooth loss. If you have any questions, he can be reached via his website or at (410) 263-2003.