May is Stroke Awareness Month. Researchers recently uncovered a link between strokes and gum disease. It is believed that individuals with periodontitis have an increased risk of suffering from a stroke, which is why prompt, effective LANAP® gum disease treatment is essential.
The Relation Between Gum Disease and Stroke
Periodontal disease can affect other parts of the body aside from the mouth. This is due to the fact it is an inflammatory disease that causes bacteria to enter the bloodstream from the gums and enter other parts of the body.
Research has found that people who suffered from acute cerebrovascular ischemia were also likely to suffer from an oral infection. This could be related to the fact plaque that forms in the gums enters the bloodstream and moves to the heart. Plaque clogs the arteries, preventing as much blood from flowing to the brain, which results in a stroke.
How the LANAP Process Can Help
As an alternative to traditional gum surgery, LANAP is a gentler procedure that removes the tissue affected by gum disease without having to actually cut into the structure. With excellent precision, our periodontist uses a laser to eliminate up to 99% of harmful bacteria that exist in periodontal pockets. In contrast to antibiotic treatments, the bacteria cannot adapt to the new condition.
This procedure is FDA-cleared and comes with numerous advantages. There is less discomfort and a quicker recovery time. Additionally, the results are long-lasting. It can rid a patient of gum disease and without that condition present, the likelihood of developing heart problems or a stroke reduce significantly.
Our Minneapolis, MN Office Is Here for You
Dr. Andres R. Sanchez is proficient with the LANAP procedure. If you notice any symptoms of gum disease, such as halitosis (bad breath), tender gums, or loose teeth, then we recommend contacting our office in Minneapolis, MN today to schedule a consultation.