When it comes to optimal dental hygiene, knowledge is power. That is the goal behind National Dental Hygiene Awareness Month, a campaign aimed at informing people all over the country, the techniques of proper oral hygiene. While daily brushing and flossing is paramount, taking steps to recognize and prevent gum disease is also important. 

Common Signs of Gum Disease


Gum disease or periodontitis may result in many detrimental effects, if left untreated. Gradual gum recession may lead to tooth loss after an extensive period of time, which may greatly affect your overall health, as well as personal appearance.

Bleeding gums are one indicative sign of gum disease. This is often accompanied by redness or swelling around the gum line, creating a formation of gaps between the teeth and gums. Consistent bad breath, loose teeth, or a sudden change in bite radius may also indicate the presence of a concern.

Treatment Options


There are a number of great options available, for those requiring treatment for this condition. LANAP® laser treatment is one option that is becoming increasingly recognized, due to its expedited recovery time and minimally invasive approach. Using an innovative dental laser, LANAP® can help restore your gums via the following steps:

·         Pocket depth measurement (pockets can form after long periods of gum recession)
 ·         Laser removal of bacteria
 ·         Removal of tartar
 ·         Laser clot creation (helps stimulate tissue)
 ·         Re-compression of gum tissues
 ·         Bite adjustment when necessary

Patients undergoing LANAP® are less likely to require a tooth extraction, which may prove to be a far more comprehensive procedure. The level of pain and discomfort a patient endures may also be significantly diminished with LANAP®, thereby decreasing the occurrence of complications.

Restore Your Smile by Scheduling an Appointment Today


For patients seeking laser dentistry in Racine, WI, Dr. Chris Huttoncan assist all patients in choosing the right treatment option, best suited for their needs. For more information on LANAP® and other periodontitis treatments, please call (262) 510-0414.