Did you know that keeping your smile healthy plays a big role in your overall health? If you struggle to maintain good oral hygiene habits, bacteria and infection can take over, harming more than just your smile. Now more than ever, having a healthy immune system is critical in the fight against sickness. Our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, explains the mouth-body connection and the importance of practicing better oral hygiene to improve overall health and minimize comorbidities associated with periodontal disease.
Understanding the oral-systemic link
It’s often said that the mouth is the gateway to the body, and rightly so. Many things—food, medicine, germs—all first pass through your mouth before entering your body. Not surprisingly, your oral health has close ties to your physical health and immune system. If bacterial plaque is left to harden on the teeth and infect the gum tissue, the protective seal surrounding the tooth roots is broken. Harmful bacteria within the mouth can then travel throughout the body via the bloodstream. Similarly, chronic inflammation caused by oral infection harms systemic health and has been linked to respiratory problems, cardiovascular diseases, and even stroke. If the body’s immune system is already struggling to fight off this inflammation, it becomes more susceptible to other bacteria or viruses. Practicing good oral health habits can prevent this infection and inflammation from developing altogether, leaving your immune system ready to fight against other dangerous invaders.
Start practicing these good oral hygiene habits now
- Brushing twice daily
Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes helps remove food debris that naturally accumulates when you eat.
- Floss once a day
Flossing removes any food particles stuck between your teeth that your toothbrush usually cannot reach.
- Eat a healthy diet
A diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods (fruit and vegetables), vitamins and minerals helps strengthen your gum tissue and tooth enamel to help prevent decay and infection. Although not directly linked to periodontitis, a low inflammatory diet will only benefit your oral health.
- Visit your dentist regularly
Schedule routine dental cleanings, examinations, and x-rays with your dentist to ensure no disease or decay is present.
Reserve your appointment
If you need gum disease treatment, you’re most likely looking for the most comfortable and safest procedure. Thanks to today’s advancements in medical technology, laser gum disease treatment is a great option. This modern protocol is the minimally invasive alternative to traditional osseous surgery. Advanced laser gum therapy is performed by Dr. Lauren Anderson, our board-certified periodontist who has advanced training and experience using the BIOLASE® WaterLase Express™ and Epic X™ dental lasers.
You can expect these three benefits, and more, receiving laser gum therapy:
- More comfortable treatment and healing
Using the laser gum disease protocol, Dr. Anderson can provide predictable treatment and a high level of accuracy with the dental lasers. This pin-point precision and elimination of scalpels or sutures help patients experience a more comfortable procedure and recovery.
- Helps preserve soft tissue and bone
Dental lasers are not cutting tools. They use light energy to gently vaporize diseased tissue and bacteria from around the teeth in the periodontal pockets. This helps keep healthy gum tissue and bone intact. The preservation of more hard and soft tissues also helps accelerate healing.
- Promotes faster, healthier healing
As part of the laser gum therapy protocol, Dr. Anderson also uses the dental laser to stimulate the formation of a blood clot. This clot helps the gums reattach to the tooth roots to prevent bacteria from entering the site. With minimal inflammation and bleeding, patients recover quickly and can generally return to normal activities within a few days of the procedure.
Why choose Anderson Periodontal Wellness?
Dr. Anderson is board-certified in periodontics and specializes in diagnosing and treating gum disease. With training in advanced technology like the BIOLASE dental lasers, she provides predictable and comfortable gum disease therapy. With excellence and precision, she can help return your smile to proper health and function with minimally invasive laser treatment.
Schedule your appointment
Reserve a time to talk with Dr. Lauren Anderson to learn more about laser dentistry for treating your gum disease in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Contact Anderson Periodontal Wellness at (248) 480-4910 to schedule your appointment today.