April 5, 2018

World Health Day is coming up on April 7th, which means it’s a great time to focus on your oral health. Most people don’t come to the dentist until they have a severe need, but there are a few other warning signs that you should pay attention to when it comes to gum disease or periodontitis. When the disease becomes advanced periodontitis, it needs to be treated with the LANAP laser protocol.

What Are the Signs of Periodontitis?

There are different degrees of severity when it comes to gum disease; however, periodontitis is most severe as it damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that gives support to your teeth. Some of the most common signs of periodontitis are:

  • Puffy or swollen gums
  • Purple or bright red gums
  • Gums that feel tender to the touch
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Bad breath
  • Pus between your teeth and gums

The main culprit that causes periodontitis is plaque. Plaque is made up of bacteria and forms a sticky film that lives in your mouth. If left untreated, it can eventually lead to advanced periodontitis.

Can Periodontitis Be Treated?

Dr. Andres R. Sanchez from PerioWest offers the latest minimally invasive gum disease treatment called LANAP. This treatment is able to kill up to 99.9% of the plaque that is found in periodontal pockets in your gums. LANAP uses laser technology which means that there is no cutting, suturing, or removal of gum tissue in order to perform the procedure. Since there is no cutting involved, patients heal faster and experience minimal loss of bone or tooth structure after the procedure.

Contact Us

This World Health Day, make sure to take care of your oral health by brushing and flossing regularly. If you experience the symptoms of gum disease and think LANAP is the right treatment for you, contact our office in Minneapolis, MN to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sanchez today.



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