May is Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke is a serious health concern that affects millions of Americans every year. This May, health care providers across the country are recognizing Stroke Awareness Month by raising awareness of stroke and heart disease. Many patients treated for gum disease in Lakewood Ranch, FL are unaware that these health concerns are connected. Dr. Lindsay Eastman and the rest of our care team want to help our patients affected by heart disease recognize that addressing gum disease is very important.

What Is the Connection?

To understand the connection between heart disease and gum disease, it is first helpful to understand how gum disease works.

Gum disease (periodontal disease) begins when plaque and bacteria buildup on the teeth. The bacteria attack the gum tissue. Gradually the gum tissue recedes from the tooth surface; the shifting tissue develops small pockets where the bacteria flourish. Red, tender and inflamed gum tissue is one common sign of periodontal disease. Bacteria from the infected sites enter the blood stream and affect other organs. For people diagnosed with heart disease, this poses a distinct danger, especially as gum disease advances.

Treating Gum Disease

Though prevention is the best defense against gum disease, many people are affected without even knowing it. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are an important preventative measure, since patients can receive personalized guidance from their dentist.

The LANAP® system is a minimally invasive form of gum disease treatment that offers numerous advantages, including:

  • Less bleeding and discomfort during the procedure
  • Preservation of healthy gum tissue
  • No incisions or stitches
  • Less down time after the procedure
  • Less discomfort during recovery

During the procedure, a surgical laser clears away the harmful bacteria without disturbing healthy tissue. Healthy gum tissue is preserved, which provides more aesthetically pleasing results.

Treat Gum Disease Today

To discover if LANAP® laser gum surgery is the right gum disease treatment for you, make an appointment with Dr. Eastman by calling 866-910-0629.

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