Gum Disease Awareness
February is Gum Disease Awareness Month and oral health professionals across the globe are taking the time to raise public awareness about gum disease. Our goal is to educate the public on gum disease and the consequences of leaving it untreated while encouraging patients to take a more active role in bettering their oral health.
The mouth can be a busy place. It is home to millions of bacteria, and while some aren’t as harmful, others can attack your teeth and gums. The good news is that gum disease is preventable with quality, daily brushing and flossing along with routine dental exams and cleanings. With the proper care, gum disease can be prevented and in most early stages can even be reversed. Anyone who has gum disease or the sign or symptoms should see a periodontist.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a condition where bacterial growth within the mouth causes irritation and infection of the surrounding and supporting tissue of teeth. One of the most common causes of gum disease is the build-up of plaque that hardens into tartar which can only be removed by professionals.
There are two stages of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Let’s take a closer look.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. The common symptoms of gingivitis include swollen or red gums that bleed during brushing and flossing. There is no bone or tissue damage at this stage and teeth are firmly rooted in place. This stage is reversible with dental cleanings and good oral hygiene habits.
Periodontitis is the second stage of gum disease and is the result of gingivitis being left untreated. During this stage, the inner layers of gum and bone have receded from your teeth and formed pockets. These pockets allow for food and bacteria to grow inside leading to possible infection. Common symptoms of periodontitis include sensitive teeth, receding gums, shifting or loss of teeth, and bad breath. Periodontitis requires professional treatment and possible surgical options.
The goals of treatment for gum disease are to reduce inflammation, decrease pocket depth, and stop and prevent further bone loss (including teeth). Treatment varies from patient to patient and depends on the type of gum disease as well as the condition to which it has progressed.
Treatment options may include home care such as maintaining a healthy diet along with proper brushing and flossing. Brushing only eliminates plaque from the surfaces, so remember to floss to remove plaque from in between teeth and under the gum line.
At The Lanap and Implant Center, we use LANAP, or laser-assisted new attachment procedure, to treat patients with gum disease. This treatment procedure is completed in a single office visit without any scalpels or the need for sutures like traditional treatment options. Instead, a laser fiber is placed between the teeth and gums and selectively targets the diseased tissue to kill harmful bacteria and remove harmful toxins. LANAP gum disease treatment also cleanses the affected area while promoting healthy cell regeneration to reduce pocket depth.
This procedure can be performed several times if needed, without any harmful side effects. Your periodontist will request a follow-up appointment after a few weeks to evaluate your healing and decide if further treatment is needed. By using LANAP to treat patients with gum disease along with our bio-health nutritional protocols, bite management, and risk factor modifications we are able to provide patients with superior results without surgical intervention.
The LANAP & Implant Center Difference
Up to 70% of all chronic diseases are associated with problem areas in the oral cavity. The oral cavity remains a nidus for acute and chronic inflammation including bacterial yeast, fungus, and viral pathogens. This dysbiosis disturbs the voltage of the human body, creates a cellular imbalance, vascular disturbances, and sets up a pattern for disease and illness. The oral cavity remains deeply connected to each organ system and all cranial nerves. It remains the most overlooked aspect of health and wellness.
Therefore, balancing is critical. For this reason, comprehensive dental detoxification and rehabilitation become crucial in establishing health and wellness. As a result of Dr. D’S specialty training in Periodontics and Implantology in early 1990 at the University of Pennsylvania and over two decades of periodontics and dental implant expertise, complex restorations can be delivered with astounding predictability and biologic long term success in a single transition.
Dr. D has understood and integrated the fundamentals of integrative medicine/Dentistry for decades and focused his patient care on immune support, risk factor reduction, and detoxification of both local and environmental risks. Dr. D has been involved with metal-free implantology and titanium implantology for over a decade at his Pennsylvania clinic.
Our team integrates LANAP, acupuncture, nutritional protocols, reflexology, homeopathy, and aromatherapy to advance our outcomes along with a defined pre and post-therapy protocol to optimize your body’s response. We are currently utilizing metal-free implants developed by The Swiss Biohealth institute. We work with your integrative medical doctors to ensure a complete understanding of the necessary diagnosis and develop a plan to maximize your health.
At the heart of our mission, we believe saving your teeth is always the best option to keep your neural, meridian, and biological systems/pathways intact. We have refined our non-surgical integrative LANAP protocol for over a decade to create single visit options for the reduction of infections and detoxify the mouth along with neuromuscular and occlusal balancing. We perform all the necessary remediation in one appointment usually under anesthesia with our team anesthesiologist Dr. Anthony Demarco.
For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment, contact The LANAP and Implant Center today.