It is time to start making plans for your Thanksgiving holiday. While you run around securing your travel plans and meal prep, you might also want to look at your oral hygiene. Consuming certain foods puts you at a higher risk of developing gum disease and gingivitis. That is why Dr. Mohlman takes the time to educate patients on the right diet to support oral health. If you already have signs of gum disease, then you might be a candidate for LANAP® treatment to heal your periodontal disease so your Thanksgiving indulgence does not exacerbate it.
Foods That Contribute to Gum Disease
Poor nutrition, inflammatory foods and more can increase the risk of periodontal disease. Many foods in the typical Thanksgiving dinner might contribute to the susceptibility of gum disease, including processed carbohydrates, excess unhealthy fat, dairy and sugar. People with untreated diabetes are at a higher risk of developing it as well, especially those with poor blood sugar control. For some with diabetes, Thanksgiving puts them at risk of uncontrolled blood sugar.
Eating one unhealthy meal at Thanksgiving might not cause gum disease, but it could make an already existing case worse, especially if it is already severe. Therefore, it is best to get treatment before the holiday.
Rather than relying on the traditional scaling and root planning, you can treat your gum disease with LANAP®. This FDA-approved treatment incorporates lasers to stimulate and regenerate the tissue and bone lost to gum disease. It also clears away any bacteria that might cause an infection in your gum tissue. It is less painful and has a reduced recovery time, so many patients prefer it. You might even have time to heal before the big Thanksgiving meal if you act soon.
Find Out If You Are a Candidate
Many patients prefer laser treatment due to its many benefits. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Mohlman to start your treatment and prevention of gum disease in Kennewick, WA!