Oral health is not only important for your mouth, it also affects your body as a whole. In fact, research shows that gum disease is linked to other health problems, such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Gum disease has become more and more common over the years. Make sure that you give yourself the best health chances by keeping your mouth healthy. 

Periodontitis
Periodontial disease is an inflammatory disease that affects the structures that support the teeth. It begins with harmful bacteria in the mouth causing gums to swell and become red. From there it can progress and cause the gums to recede, destroying the gum tissue. The teeth then become loose, which often results in tooth loss.  

How it is Caused
Periodontitis is caused by bacteria that is allowed to fester in the mouth. This often occurs when plaque is left on teeth due to lack of, or improper, brushing and flossing. The plaque that is not removed from the tooth hardens and becomes tartar, which is hard to brush off; it requires professional dental assistance.

Laser Gum Surgery
Laser gum surgery is a form of treatment for gum disease that is becoming very popular. Unlike other invasive methods, the lasers allow periodontists to remove the bacteria from the gums with minimally-invasive procedures. Dr. Kent is certified in the LANAP® protocol, which allows him to eradicate the diseased tissue from the gums without touching the healthy tissue. This allows for faster healing times and usually results in less pain than other procedures. 

Periodontist
Though some general dentists may be able to assist with gum disease issues, a periodontist is skilled and knowledgeable of the various methods that are available and has experience with their implementations. These characteristics help them provide expert service and attention. As a local expert on gum disease in the Birmingham, AL area, Dr. Kent would love to assist you. Contact the office today.