Do you live with embarrassing bad breath? Bad breath, or halitosis, can be caused by a variety of reasons including certain medical conditions, dry mouth, tobacco use, or even the foods we eat. Most of these culprits of stinky breath are relatively harmless, but there is one reason for breath that should send you running to the dentist today: gum disease.

The Problem of Gum Disease

Gum disease is a build-up of disease-causing bacteria. If this bacteria is not removed it will slowly start to eat away at your gums and jaw bone, causing your teeth to loosen and eventually fall out. Gum disease can also increase your risk for other serious health conditions like heart disease and some forms of cancer. If you have bad breath or experience a constant bad taste in your mouth, this could be a warning sign of gum disease.

Treat Both at Once

The good news is that gum disease and your foul breath can be treated all at once. There are a variety of effective treatments for gum disease, however, we are pleased to provide our patients with a breakthrough procedure. Our highly-experienced periodontist, Dr. Leigh Kent, is uniquely trained and certified to provide Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure® or LANAP®.

What is LANAP®?

LANAP® is a minimally-invasive laser periodontic treatment designed to eradicate gum disease without requiring cutting or stitches. With LANAP®, Dr. Kent can target and destroy infected tissue ONLY, leaving healthy tissue unharmed. Benefits of LANAP® include minimal bleeding, faster healing, less down time, minimal recession, preservation of teeth and bone, a reduction in inflammation, and a healthy smile!

Do not live with the embarrassing bad breath and the damaging effects of gum disease in Birmingham, AL. To learn more about your treatment options, including LANAP®, contact our office to schedule your consultation with periodontist Dr. Kent today.