Dental Wellness Preventative Dentistry and Dental Hygeine

Research indicates gum disease may increase the risk of heart disease and stroke; the presence of common problems in the mouth, including gum disease, cavities, and missing teeth, were as good at predicting heart disease as cholesterol levels. Oral bacteria is a possible connection since bacteria from the mouth enter the bloodstream through the gums, oral bacteria stick to fatty plaques in the bloodstream (directly contributing to blockages), and oral bacteria trigger an inflammatory response, causing the blood vessels to swell, reducing blood flow, and increasing the risk of clots.

Proactive prevention is the best defense.

Pain and Inflammation Reduction

Laser Pocket Disinfection (LPD)

LPD kills bacteria and disrupts biofilm to reduce inflammation. When isolated pocketing is present, LPD decreases pocket depths without curettage. Ideal for patients with gingivitis.


  • Quick and painless procedure to help maintain healthy gums and avoid progression of the disease
  • Removes the inflammation so your body can heal naturally without antibiotics
  • Safe for medically comprised patients, patients on blood thinners, and diabetic patients

Biostimulation - Pain Reduction from TMJ and Orthodontics

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) or biostimulation can be used for many applications within dentistry, in particular to reduce the pain associated with orthodontics or temporomandibular disorder (TMJ).


  • Relieves pain associated with TMJ
  • Stimulates the body’s own healing process by increasing blood flow to the affected area
  • Helps relax muscles and block inflammation

Canker Sores - Aphthous Ulcers

Aphthous ulcers are painful, yet generally disappear without treatment in 10-14 days. Ulcers aren’t infectious and tend to recur less with age. The cause is not known, but related factors include injury, changes in hormone levels, lack of iron, food allergies, stress, and certain medications.


  • Eliminates pain associated with the aphthous ulcer
  • Increases patient convenience by avoiding having to reschedule appointment because of pain from site
  • For particular large ulcers, treatment can speed the healing process

Cold Sores - Herpetic Lesion (Viral Therapy)

Herpetic lesions can occur in three different forms: recurrent small blisters on the lips, a generalized oral infection, or small ulcers on the palatal mucosa. The most common form is small blisters on the lips, which can be treated with low level laser therapy. Outbreaks may be triggered by sunlight, physical trauma, stress, and other irritants. Lesions will usually resolve in 10-14 days, but may be painful.


  • Safe, quick, and comfortable treatment that relieves pain
  • Immediate relief
  • Lesions can be treated before a breakout if patients feel an “onset”
  • Laser treatments can help reduce the number of cold sores and severity of future outbreaks
  • For particular large ulcers, treatment can speed the healing process
  • No anesthesia needed


Dental sensitivity affects more than 40% of adults worldwide, and more than 40 million people in the United States. [1] Exposed dental tubules are believed to be the predominate cause, with sensitivity to heat and cold the most common complaint. Laser therapy can help close tubules and reduces sensitivity. 
[1] Prevalence of dentine hypersensitivity in a general dental population. Irwin CR, P. Ir Dent Assoc. 1997; 43(1):7-9.


  • Relieves discomfort of sensitive teeth
  • Can be performed before or after restorative treatments to increase patient comfort

Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry



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