Are You Infecting Your Family with Gum Disease?

You can take action now to prevent, disinfect, and protect with Laser Pocket Disinfection (LPD) and improve your own whole-body health, along with the whole-body health of your family and loved ones.

Gum disease not only affects over 85% of American adults, but it is also contagious.  IMG_3331It is scary to think about, but we could be unknowingly hosting gum disease in our mouths and spreading it to our loved ones.  Many people do not realize they have gum disease until the symptoms are severe and noticeable.  What starts out as Gingivitis may develop into Periodontitis, which has been linked to other health issues, such as heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, pre-term birth, and stillborn deaths.

Everyday family activities and habits put us at risk for spreading gum disease.  Kissing, sharing silverware, drinking from the same cup – all of these things promote the spread of gum disease.  We should be aware and form good habits now to prevent risk and gum disease in the future.

What can we do now?

  1. Establish good habits: make your oral and overall health a priority in your life, thereby setting the example for your family, especially your children. Keep up your dental hygiene appointments with your general dentist and your periodontist.  Make those trips fun and important for your children in order to encourage a positive outlook and understanding that their mouths are the gateway to the rest of their bodies’ health.
  2. Know the warning signs: gum disease may often go unnoticed because we unknowingly ignore the warning signs. If you are experiencing puffy or red, bleeding gums, bad breath, painful chewing, loose/sensitive teeth, and/or receding gums, talk to your dentist right away and he/she may assess your condition.
  3. Ask about LPD: Using a special FDA-approved laser called the PerioLase MVP-7, Laser Pocket Disinfection is one way you can quickly and painlessly target gum disease, regenerate tissue growth, and protect your oral and overall health. This non-invasive procedure will reach and destroy bacteria far beyond what the eye can see, up to 6 mm beyond the surface, to prevent bacteria from spreading back into the pocket.

Dr. Alan H. Farber
Periodontist
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
New Patients Welcome
www.longislandperio.com