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Patient Introduction to Laser Bacterial Reduction

We are constantly learning and striving to advance the standard of patient care in our office. As such, we have recently added a new procedure to your usual professional teeth cleaning to help fight gum inflammation (gingivitis) that can lead to periodontal disease (periodontitis). Our hygienists have been certified to use lasers as part of the high standard of care that we offer.

Periodontal disease affects approximately 80% of adults and continues to be a growing epidemic in our society. Periodontal disease is gum and bone infection caused by plaque biofilm and inflammation. Bacteria that remain undisturbed, produce this biofilm that begins the inflammatory process. Over the last few years improved techniques have been developed to better eliminate this irritant.

During your hygiene appointment, the use of soft tissue diode lasers can do much more to enhance your gum health than traditional scaling and root planning can do alone. The laser can be used to or after the cleaning of hard tooth surfaces to eliminate the bacteria under the collar of the gums.

Using the soft tissue diode laser can do several things:

  • Reduce bacteria from getting in your bloodstream.Most patients will have some bleeding during the cleaning process. This allows bacteria that are present in your mouth to flood into your body. Latest research shows that oral bacteria may be linked to a number of other diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, low birth weight babies and more.
  • Prevent cross contamination.Infected pockets in one area of your mouth can spread to other areas. Decontamination minimizes this chance.
  • Kill the bad bacteria that may cause periodontal disease.Regularly eliminating the bacteria in the pockets allows the good bacteria to re-populate the area, thus improving your overall health.

Ultimately, by eliminating the bacteria under the gums, inflammation and bleeding is reduced and periodontal disease is better managed. This decontamination process is painless and normally takes 5-10 minutes.

Laser bacterial reduction has become part of our standard of care and we hope to provide this treatment at each hygiene visit. Please feel free to ask us if you have any questions or require more information.

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