When we see beautiful smiles and straight, white teeth, sometimes we don't realize that even the healthiest and the most attractive smiles can be at risk. Today, over 85 percent of the general public suffers some form of periodontal (gum) disease. The findings of the American Academy of Periodonotology have proven the fact that infections in the teeth and gums are not isolated to a person's mouth only, but have a general effect on his overall health.
The most common symptoms of gum disease are bleeding of the gums when brushing, flossing or eating hard foods; puffiness or tenderness of the gums bleeding; halitosis and loose-feeling teeth.
Periodontal disease is the top cause of tooth loss. When gum disease is left untreated it eventually begins to destroy the bone that holds teeth, and when that occurs, a person is at risk of losing teeth. Good oral hygiene is a must but brushing and flossing alone won't help once the disease begins to progress.
That is why the timely diagnosis and treatment of gum disease by visiting your dentist or dental hygienist is crucial. Fortunately, with the most advanced technology available in modern dentistry - the use of lasers for gentle treatment - periodontal therapy is not as unpleasant as it used to be before.
Modern laser therapy gently and effectively removes scar tissue as well as tartar form the root surface of the tooth using an ultrasonic sealer and small instruments. The procedure itself is virtually painless and most patients undergo laser treatment without any anesthesia at all. In some cases, we may anesthetize the treated area for the patient's comfort. In this way, the laser can be precisely directed for treatment. Post-procedure discomfort is typically minimal and of short duration. After each treatment, the hygienist will apply a soothing balm of vitamin E over the patient's gums to cool the treated areas and encourage healing.
Because of the effectiveness and comfort, the periodontal laser therapy will be the standard of care for everyone with gum disease in the nearest future.
At the same time, we do encourage you to take good care of your oral health to reduce damage to your gums, teeth and bone.