May is officially National Stroke Awareness Month, when you’re encouraged to seek out information on steps that you and your loved ones can take to lower the risk of such an event forever altering your life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 800,000 Americans suffer strokes every year. If you’re ready to take your first steps towards stroke prevention, it’s time to get up and go visit your…periodontist?

It’s only been in recent years that researchers have begun to establish a link between poor oral health and an increased risk of stroke. While the study of this relationship is still in its infancy, study results have shown that those with high concentrations of oral bacteria due to gum disease also show a greater risk of plaque buildup in their carotid arteries. The clogging of these arteries is one of the main causes of a stroke.

What is LANAP® Treatment?

So what can you do to combat this? Dr. Lowy specializes in an advanced treatment called the LANAP® protocol. LANAP® laser gum surgery has proven to be an effective tool at combating periodontal disease that’s progressed to the point of needing clinical intervention. The procedure works as follows:

  • Your periodontal packets are examined to determine the treatment area
  • A laser is then used to targeted localized diseased tissue and remove it
  • Scalers are then utilized to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and roots
  • Lasers are again used to stimulate the bone and tissue supporting your teeth
  • The laser encourages blood clot formation that forms a protective barrier around the treated area, preventing infection and encouraging healing

The laser used in LANAP® treatment is designed to distinguish between healthy and diseased tissue. This advanced level of localization allows for less tissue damage during the procedure, which in turn leads to faster recovery times.

Let Us Help You

You may have previously thought that periodontists like Dr. Lowy were only here to help brighten your smile. Yet we here at LN Periodontics know that the state of your teeth and gums can have a significant impact on your overall health. Let us help you to safeguard against the dangers of a stroke by offering you LANAP® laser treatment. To speak with Dr. Lowy to determine if you qualify for laser gum surgery in Louisville, KY, call us at 502.653.8185 today.