According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), nearly half of all Americans over the age of 30 have some form of periodontal or gum disease. The majority (70.1%) of adults over the age of 65 have gum disease. Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk in heart disease, stroke, type II diabetes, and even certain types of cancer. Gum disease is progressive meaning that it gets worse over time without treatment. In its early stages, gum disease can be treated and even reversed. Treatment of gum disease lowers your risk of diseases affecting your overall health.
Gum disease is inflammation and infection of your gums caused by bacteria. Poor oral hygiene usually leads to an increase of bacteria. Routine brushing, flossing, and cleanings with your dentist can prevent gum disease. Gingivitis is the early form of gum disease. If left untreated, it can progress into periodontitis, the advanced form of gum disease. Periodontitis severely weakens your gums and puts you at risk of tooth loss. The inflammation and infection can move to the rest of your body through the bloodstream.
In early stages, a cleaning and good oral hygiene may be enough to treat gingivitis. Bacteria and plaque hiding under the gums needs to be removed to stop the inflammation and infection. In severe gum disease, infected gum tissue may need to be removed. Traditionally this tissue would have been removed surgically with a scalpel. LANAP®, or laser-assisted new attachment procedure, is a faster and less invasive way to treat gum disease. Laser treatment allows for the infection to be removed and the gums to heal and regrow. Laser technology is much more precise; less healthy gum tissue is disturbed.
Learn more about laser gum disease treatment from Lone Star Dental Care. Schedule a consultation at our local Frisco, TX office today at 972-335-7100.