San Luis Obispo, CA Gum Disease Treatment Can Decrease Risk of Low Birth Weight by Removing Gum Disease from Pregnant Mother through Dr. Michael Colleran

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Patients of Dr. Michael Colleran who are pregnant may benefit significantly by removing periodontal disease with laser gum surgery. Periodontal or Gum disease does not just threaten to cause health problems for the person suffering from it, but the condition may also increase the risk of a woman having a low birth weight baby.

Dr. Michael Colleran is now part of a small minority of dental professionals who offer the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP), the only laser gum surgery cleared by the FDA. While seeking treatment for gum disease from Dr. Colleran is important for any patient, it may be especially critical for women who are pregnant. Studies have linked periodontal disease to a heightened risk of a baby being born with a low birth weight, a condition that can be dangerous in the short term and detrimental to health even in the long term.

Studies show that about ten percent of babies born in the United States are low birth weight babies. This rate has not changed much in the last few decades, even as by other standards prenatal and neonatal medicine has improved. Gum disease has not conclusively been demonstrated to cause low birth weight, but studies have pointed to correlations between mothers with periodontal disease and babies born with a low birth weight. Although the connection is not well established, it is smart for pregnant women to eliminate any risk factors that could harm their babies. Besides an increased risk of mortality, low birth weight has been linked to respiratory and heart problems, as well as chronic diseases later in life.

Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should make sure that they are not suffering from periodontal disease or seek appropriate treatment if they are. LANAP with Dr. Colleran offers many benefits, including reliable results and reduced trauma. Patients who want to schedule an appointment or learn more about the adverse effects of periodontal disease can call Dr. Colleran's office or visit his website.

About the Doctor

Michael Colleran is a general dentist offering personalized dental care for San Luis Obispo, CA patients since 2002. Dr. Colleran attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo for his undergraduate studies and University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry in San Francisco for his professional training. He is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the most recent FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease treatment. Dr. Colleran is a nationally renowned dental author and lecturer and an expert on laser dentistry. To learn more about Michael Colleran, DDS and his dental services visit his website at and call (805) 543-0814.

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