Blog - Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Does Gum Disease Cause Heart Attacks & Strokes?
I was recently reminded of claims that periodontal disease is associated with medical conditions like heart attacks, strokes, pre-term births, and diabetes. Yes, there is an association among those conditions, that’s true. However, some dentists and hygienists try to scare patients into treatment by claiming that gum disease actually causes those conditions. That’s simply not true! […]Read more
Another Fabulous LANAP Experience
Can Gum Surgery Work and Actually Be Comfortable? Well, to answer that question, let me tell you about a recent patient who had LANAP, aka Laser Periodontal TherapyTM. He drove over 4 hours, from just north of Myrtle Beach, SC because he couldn’t find anyone else near him (there are a few, but not that […]Read more
Saving Teeth from Gum Disease and the Trash Can – Ain’t This Awesome?
Having practiced dentistry now for 12 years, I’ve seen a lot of different stuff, tried different technologies, different techniques, etc. Most of it works pretty well, some of it we discard and look for something new or better, and occasionally we scrap the new and return to the tried-and-true techniques and methods that have been […]Read more
Six-Month Braces if you have Gum Disease? YES!
Patients with periodontal (gum) disease often end up being very embarrassed about their smiles, because as the disease progresses and more bone is lost, the teeth start drifting. It’s not uncommon to see the teeth flared out with a lot of spaces between them, or the bottom front teeth really crowded as the teeth shifted […]Read more
Dr. Oz talks about Periodontal (Gum) Disease and Total Health
I guess it’s because I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I confess that – until quite recently – I had absolutely no idea who this guy Dr. Oz is. A friend recently told me that Dr. Oz has some really good material about dental health that can be shared, and since it’s sometimes […]Read more
Is There a Comfortable Treatment for Periodontal (Gum) Disease? YES!
I just got off the phone with one of our patients from yesterday for whom we had done LANAP, also known as Laser Periodontal TherapyTM, as I wanted to check and see how she is doing today. And even though I have heard the same exact story practically every single time, I still find it […]Read more