If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you are not alone.  

Periodontal disease is an infection that affects the tissues and bone that support the teeth. It is possible this have this disease without apparent symptoms, that is why dental checkups are important.


Warning Signs

-Gum recession and spaces between the teeth that weren't there before

-Bleeding gums


 -Bad breath 



 
-Red, puffy or tender gums

-Loose teeth
 
-Infection around the gums

-A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite

-Bone loss on dental x-rays






 

Periodontal disease is the term for gum disease.
The Periolase reduces significant amounts of bacteria in the tissues and 

helps to give a comfortable post op experience.

What About Laser Cleanings?
Yes, there is bad breath associated with gum disease.  

When you have this disease epithelial cells die in the gum pockets at a rate 8 times faster than normal giving off a smelly sulphur gas.

You've probably diagnosed gum disease one time or another just by being close enough to smell someone's breath.

It is difficult to smell your own breath and many people will not tell you when they detect a problem.  To test your own breath, lick the inside of your wrist with the very back of your tongue.  Let it dry for 10 seconds and then smell it.

Getting  gum disease treated will help immensely along with tongue cleaning, flossing, and drinking more water.  Chewing gums sweetened only with xylitol can actually decrease the bacteria count in your mouth by 50%.  Do not use Sorbitol-sweetened gums as they will feed the bacteria.







A soft tissue laser can be used during the traditional cleaning or periodontal maintenance appointment.

Laser treatment can be added to the traditional cleaning or periodontal maintenance appointment for a higher degree of bacterial elimination. Laser cleaning obtains a bactericidal and detoxification effect in sites that traditional instrumentation cannot reach.  On a cellular level lasers have a biostimulatory effect.  Laser energy scatters and penetrates the surrounding cells, reducing inflammation, stimulating cells and promoting healing.  

During a laser cleaning procedure it is the dentist that treats your gums with the laser, but don't worry you will still see your hygienist for the rest of the procedure.

Your dentist or hygienist can answer any questions you may have about this procedure. If you choose to have the dentist use the laser during your cleaning appointment, please let us know in advance.

Please feel free to call and ask for Terry if you have any questions or would like to try this procedure.
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