According to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), three out of four Americans suffer from gum disease—from mild cases of gingivitis to the more severe condition of periodontitis.
If you smoke, you are four times more likely to have gum disease. And the risk of gum disease increases for young teens hitting puberty and for women who are pregnant. In 2010, the AAP estimated that only three percent of people with gum disease seek any kind of treatment.
Gum disease negatively impacts your oral health—often causing your gums to bleed, swell, discolor, or pull away from your teeth. Teeth can also shift, loosen, or even fall out. In fact, gum disease is the number one reason adults in the United States experience tooth loss.
Ongoing research into the effects of gum disease on the body’s overall health continues to confirm oral bacteria’s link to systemic issues such as diabetes, strokes, and heart disease. Gum disease has also been associated with certain types of cancer.
Laser Periodontal Therapy
We remain unconvinced that use of available laser technology is truly beneficial to our patients. This view is also a reflected by an AAP blue-ribbon panel that delved into multiple studies about the efficacy of lasers for treating periodontal disease.
Until data proves more conclusively what types of lasers, techniques, and wavelengths work well in treating periodontal disease, we will only rely on the traditional—and effective—methods of root scaling and planing. Learn more about our periodontic services.
At our Simsbury, Avon, and Farmington locations, Drs. John Bierly, Peter J.M Peterson, and Jesse Sorrentino provide compassionate care for all of our patients seeing to eradicate gum disease and renew their oral health. Call us now to make an appointment!