Having healthy gums is important if you want to have a beautiful smile and a healthy mouth. In fact, the medical community now recognizes that gum disease threatens more than just the life of your teeth, it may actually threaten your very life. Mounting scientific research has uncovered links between gum disease and these life-threatening conditions: oral cancer, heart disease, diabetes, respiratory ailments and pre-term, low-birth weight babies.
Your Orange County hygiene team is equipped with training in the most modern methodology of dental hygiene practice. You have access to the latest procedures to care for you gums comfortably.
According to multiple sources including the California Dental Hygiene association, gum infections can now be treated with Dental Lasers instead of having more invasive therapy such as gum surgery. In the hands of your trained hygienists this technology becomes a very powerful instrument in the quest for oral health and overall well being.
For a few more details about the use of lasers to treat gum disease please continue reading below.
Despite growing public concerns, gum disease (or periodontal disease as it is more appropriately termed) continues to be the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. In fact, almost 75% of adults in America have some form of gum disease and many don't even know it.
Early signs of gum disease are red and/or inflamed gum tissues that bleed easily, called gingivitis. Many people dismiss this condition and assume it will go away with better brushing. It is also possible to have gum disease with absolutely no discernable symptoms. This is perhaps the most dangerous aspect of gum disease; it often goes unnoticed or untreated until very late in the disease process when the teeth have already been severely compromised.
The signs of advanced periodontal disease are more readily identifiable. These may include:
Only your dentist or hygienist can determine if you have any signs of periodontal disease. If so, treatment may be advised. Advanced cases of periodontal disease may still require periodontal surgery. However, when identified in early to moderate stages, periodontal disease can often be treated with NO SURGERY. Thus your hygienists have been trained in the most advanced techniques of treating periodontal disease at this level including the use of a DENTAL LASER.
The advent of soft tissue dental lasers has enhanced the long-standing standard of care for treating periodontal disease. Lasers use concentrated light energy to destroy the bacterial pathogens responsible for periodontal diseases. Thus, after a thorough cleaning of diseased teeth and gums, the laser is used to reduce the level of bacterial infection present. It also simultaneously seals the nerve endings in the treated areas, which makes the healing period VIRTUALLY PAINLESS. All of this harmonizes to achieve the greatest healing possible with optimal patient comfort and without any surgical intervention.
For many people, their smile is covered by excessive gum tissue. San Clemente Dentist Dr. Johnson can use the laser to sculpt your gum line and reveal the beautiful smile you have always wanted. No matter what your gum problems may be, Dr. Johnson will be able to provide you with a solution that will give you a healthy mouth and of course a beautiful smile! Ask us for more information!
* Our hygiene team carefully prepared this information for your edification. Some excerpts and statistics have been taken from the American Dental Association, American Periodontal Association and American Dental Hygiene Association