Expecting Mothers with Gum Disease Can Now Receive Laser Gum Surgery to Improve Oral Health and Reduce Birth Risks at Shenk Dental Care

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Dr. Judd Shenk of Shenk Dental Care offers the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP), a new laser gum surgery, to expectant mothers in Atlanta as a simple way to reduce their risk of having low-birth weight babies. The presence of gum disease increases a woman’s risk of having a baby with low birth weight, which puts the newborn at risk for many potentially serious conditions, making the treatment of periodontal infection important for pregnant women.

Dr. Judd Shenk of Shenk Dental Care helps pregnant women maintain optimal prenatal health to prevent having low-birth weight babies through the use of the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) laser gum surgery. Periodontal disease is caused by a bacterial infection in the gums and any infection anywhere in the body, including the mouth, increases a baby’s risk for low birth weight and subsequent medical complications. Effective and proper treatment of gum disease is an important way that pregnant women can take care of both themselves and their unborn children.

Babies born with low birth weights are at risk for a variety of problems including heart conditions, bleeding in the brain, respiratory distress, intestinal disorders, eye and vision complications and more. Oral care and treatment should be thought of as an integral component to prenatal healthcare, and pregnant women should keep up on routine dental visits during their pregnancies for this reason. Additionally, gum disease can often develop during the early months of pregnancy due to the extreme hormonal changes a woman’s body experiences, making periodontal visits even more important. If gum disease is present, Dr. Shenk’s use of LANAP laser gum surgery makes treatment far more accessible and easier than ever before.

Previously, gum disease treatments involved full anesthesia with traditional surgical methods and potentially painful recovery times. This was not something many pregnant women wanted to undergo. The gentleness of LANAP opens up new opportunities for pregnant mothers to receive necessary care without feeling concern for the process. With LANAP, there is only a mild local anesthetic, no cutting, no stitches and reduced pain and recovery time.

If you are pregnant and concerned about your dental health, Dr. Judd Shenk invites you to call or visit his office to learn about LANAP laser gum surgery and how it may be able to help reduce your risk of having a low-birth weight baby.

About The Doctor

Shenk Dental Care is a general practice offering personalized dental care for Atlanta, GA gum disease patients since 1979. Dr. Michael Shenk and his son, Dr. Judd Shenk are both members of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Georgia Dental Association and the Northwestern District Dental Association. They pride themselves in being a high-tech office, and are continually expanding their dental education. Offering laser gum surgery at the practice since 2004, Dr. Michael Shenk and Dr. Judd Shenk are part of one percent of dental professionals providing the most recent FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease treatment. To learn more about Shenk Dental Care and their dental services visit their website at http://www.drshenk.com and call (678) 951-8109.

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