The rates of periodontal disease are growing – at almost epidemic levels. Inflammation of the gums that can cause severe pain affects almost 8 out of 10 adults in the United States and Colorado Springs. Many studies suggest periodontal disease leads to higher risks of heart related diseases, kidney failures and more
The cause is bacteria invading pockets in the gum around the teeth, causing inflammation. The pockets these bacteria take hold in can be an attractive environment, and as the colony expands they have the potential of causing inflammation. There is a risk of harmful bacteria entering the blood stream, or these harmful bacteria being inhaled and entering the rest of your body through the bronchial lining.
Normally, our immune system can handle these attacks, but the strain of modern life means our immune system can use all the help it can get. We can protect ourselves with normal dental habits, including regular brushing and flossing, and being sure to have regular visits with the dentist for check-ups and cleaning. Dentists have a new tool to help against periodontal disease, the Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR).
LBR is done by the hygienist and uses a non-cutting dental laser. The laser’s high intensity light is focused around the teeth and into the pockets of gums during a normal cleaning. During a normal cleaning, there is a high risk for bleeding, which gives the bacteria another potential entry point, but with LBR most of the bacteria are killed and greatly reduce the strain on your immune system and make getting your teeth cleaned that much safer.
The procedures are non-invasive, fast, and painless, but highly effective and inexpensive to the patient. Unfortunately, the dental insurance industry has been slow to adopt the LBR as a covered benefit, so it is an out of pocket expense, but the treatments show a great deal of benefit.
Laser Bacterial Reduction’s benefits make the treatment a worthwhile investment for any dental patient. They include reducing the risk of cross-contamination in the mouth while your teeth are being cleaned or during treatments, help boost the immune system, and provides an improvement to overall health. The periodontal tissues are also stimulated, making them more resistant to infections.
LBR is a 5 to 10-minute procedure. When looking for a Colorado Springs dentist, consider the availability of LBR and other laser dental treatments.