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Lasers in Dental Hygiene: How They Can Help You


Do you have areas that bleed in your mouth when you brush or floss? If you have pink saliva when you spit into the sink – you do! Did you know that it is not ‘normal’ to have any bleeding of your gingiva (gum) tissue? A healthy mouth should not have any areas that bleed regularly when you brush or floss your teeth. One option to help heal your gums is laser bacterial reduction therapy – a fast, easy, comfortable approach to healthier gums.

Your Dental Hygienist has many different ways to help reduce the biofilm (bacteria colonies or “plaque”) in your mouth. Debridement, the disruption and removal of deposits on your teeth and under the gingiva (gum), is one method. Another method is by chemical means, including antibacterial rinses or antibiotics that are placed locally under the gingiva. A new approach in the fight against gum disease is the laser; this method kills bacteria under the gingiva for up to 4-6 weeks, allowing the gums to heal. Using a laser as part of your dental hygiene therapy helps to reduce the bleeding, swelling and gum pocketing surrounding your teeth.

The process is simple! Your Dental Hygienist will complete your hygiene therapy to disrupt the deposit stuck onto your teeth and root surfaces. Then the laser is used to reduce the bacteria levels under the gingiva. There are no post-treatment concerns, and all you have to do is continue brushing and cleaning between the teeth daily to keep new bacteria from getting back under the gingival tissues. The rest of the process takes place naturally as your body begins healing. Laser Bacterial Reduction can be done on a regular basis to help maintain the overall health of your gums!

Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!

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