Drs. Roger Parkes and R. Clarke Stewart Recognize Dental Hygiene Month by Illustrating the Benefits of Laser Gum Surgery to Treat Gum Disease and its Symptoms

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In honor of Dental Hygiene Month this October, periodontists Dr. Roger Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart offer patients in Jackson, MS laser gum surgery to treat the symptoms of gum disease. The LANAP® protocol, a laser gum surgery alternative, delivers a conservative and effective treatment option for many patients with gum disease.

Roger Parkes, DMD, MSD and R. Clarke Stewart, DMD encourage patients in Jackson, MS to celebrate Dental Hygiene Month this October by learning about the LANAP® protocol, an FDA-cleared laser gum surgery. This unique procedure cleans away bacteria and infection caused by gum disease without the cutting, scraping and suturing of traditional scalpel surgery. Gum disease has often reached advanced stages by the time patients notice the first symptoms, which include redness, tenderness and bleeding gums.

Gum disease, or periodontitis, typically begins with plaque, a sticky paste created by bacteria in the mouth that feeds on acids from food. Plaque hardens to form tartar, which irritates the gums and causes infection below the gum line around the roots of the teeth. Severe gum disease symptoms often include pockets of pus that pull the gums away from the teeth. Good oral hygiene is the primary defense against plaque and tartar, but hormone fluctuations, genetics and tobacco use are risk factors that may make a patient more likely to develop the disease.

Drs. Parkes and Stewart are in the minority of periodontists who are qualified to provide patients in Jackson, MS with laser gum surgery as an alternative to traditional gum surgery. The LANAP® protocol involves the use of the PerioLase® MVP-7™ laser, which is inserted below the gum line to target bacteria and infection. Recovery time is much shorter because gums are cauterized to reduce bleeding, and the laser stimulates the gums to reattach to tooth roots more quickly.

Recent research has linked gum disease to other serious health issues, such as heart disease and stroke. Drs. Parkes and Stewart urge patients who are experiencing gum disease symptoms to visit their office in Jackson, MS during Dental Hygiene Month to learn more about laser gum surgery.

About the Practice

Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A. is a periodontal practice offering personalized dental care for patients in Jackson, MS since 1981. Dr. Roger B. Parkes was accepted into the first class at the University Of Mississippi School Of Dentistry and received his dental doctorate there. He attended Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, TX for his Periodontics studies and graduated with his Masters of Science in Dentistry. Dr. R. Clarke Stewart received his B.S. degree in Biology from Mississippi College, and graduated cum laude from the University Of Mississippi School Of Dentistry. He became certified in periodontics from the University of Alabama. Dr. Stewart is a member of OKU (Omicron Kappa Upsilon), the American College of Dentists, and recent past president of the MS Dental Association. Drs. Parkes and Stewart are part of one percent of dental professionals providing the LANAP® FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. To learn more about Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A. and their dental services visit their website at http://www.periojackson.com and call (769) 230-3500.

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