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Understanding Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s

September 1st, 2018 Laser Dentistry 0 comments on “Understanding Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s”

Cartoon of a brain with a mask on and a body holding a toothSeptember 21 is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Day, a day created by patients, families, and doctors to help the general public better understand this serious disease. It’s also a day for families and especially caregivers to learn more about how to keep loved ones with this condition in their best health. There are a number of correlations between Alzheimer’s and other health conditions, but one that many people do not learn about until it is too late is the link between periodontal disease and Alzheimer’s.

Oral Health and Alzheimer’s Patients

In general, Alzheimer’s is associated with decreased oral health for a variety of reasons. Patients generally forget to take care of themselves without prompting and help, and this can cause basic maintenance and oversight to slip. Additionally, there is documented correlation between the progression of the condition and diseases like gingivitis. It’s important for caregivers to understand how oral health can decline in Alzheimer’s patients and to schedule the cleanings and procedures that will promote good health in their loved ones.

Treating Gum Disease

There are a variety of treatments patients with Alzheimer’s can receive to prevent gum disease or mitigate its effects. They include:

  • Periodontal cleanings
  • Planing
  • Gum tissue grafts
  • Laser dentistry
  • Dental implants to replace missing teeth

Laser gum treatments provide patients with options that are low pain, making it easier on the patient without requiring heavy sedation. They also help prevent the advance of symptoms, and they can be performed multiple times if symptoms do persist.

Make an Appointment Today

Don’t let your loved one’s oral health suffer after the onset of Alzheimer’s. Contact our office today to make an appointment and find out how to take care of an Alzheimer’s patient’s oral health throughout their treatment. At Water Oak Dental, your Brevard, NC dentists Dr. David S. Krishingner, Dr. Jeffrey T. Root, Dr. Niklas Resla, and Dr. John Krishingner have advice for families providing all different levels of care, and experience working with patients with these needs. Make the most of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and make an appointment.

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Our office is located in Brevard, NC down the street from Brevard College and the Transylvania County Courthouse by Broad and East Main Street. Even bringing patients from Asheville, we proudly serve the communities Hendersonville, Lake Toxaway, Etowah, Mills River, Cashiers, and Highlands North Carolina.

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Laser Therapy For Treating Gum Disease

May 14th, 2018 Laser Dentistry 0 comments on “Laser Therapy For Treating Gum Disease”

laser dentistry - Brevard, NCIt’s estimated that over half of American adults have some degree of gum disease. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, while periodontitis and advanced periodontitis are the more severe stages. Gingivitis can often be reversed simply by regular brushing and flossing and making sure to visit the dentist twice a year for cleanings.

Gum Disease and advanced periodontitis typically need a targeted approach from your dentist. Typical treatment includes scaling and root planing at the dentist’s office. This non-surgical procedure cleans the tartar, plaque and bacteria from the tooth and near the gum tissue. The soft tissue around the teeth may need to be reshaped or treated to ensure that the teeth are stable.

Laser dentistry in Brevard, NC is one approach to treating gum disease. The infected tissue can be removed. While the root of the tooth is exposed, the calculus and plaque can be scraped off. The dentist will smooth out the root of the tooth that could attract bacteria. Laser therapy promotes healing because the area between the gum and root will regenerate during the healing process.

Why Laser Therapy?

At Water Oak Dental Group in Brevard, NC, our office uses the BIOLASE WaterLase iPlus 2.0™ and the Odyssey 2.5 Diode lasers for treatment options. We also offer sedation dentistry to patients who are especially anxious, but we find it is rarely needed. These lasers allow us to target the damaged tissue from gum disease while protecting the healthy tissue. The benefits include:

  • Faster healing and recovery times
  • Less damage to surrounding gum tissue
  • Pediatric patients respond better because there is no shot
  • Gums can be reshaped without grafting
  • Treat gum disease by targeting the damaged tissue
  • Less discomfort, bleeding and swelling

Don’t Let Your Gum Disease Go Untreated

Whether you have any stage of gum disease in Brevard, NC make an appointment today at Water Oak Dental for a dental cleaning and an assessment to see if you are a candidate for laser dentistry. Discuss treatment options with Dr. David S. Krishingner, Dr. Jeffret T. Root, Dr. Niklas Resla, or Dr. John Krishingner to find solutions to take care of your oral health to have a healthy and beautiful smile. Call or visit us online to make an appointment today!