In Support of Dental Hygiene Month, Dr. Joseph R. Nemeth Educates Detroit Area Residents on a Minimally Invasive Laser Procedure to Treat Gum Disease and its Symptoms

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Dr. Joseph R. Nemeth celebrates Dental Hygiene Month this October by educating patients in Metro Detroit about bleeding gums and their causes, effects and treatment options. The LANAP® protocol is a unique gum disease treatment that uses minimally invasive laser gum surgery to remove bacteria and infection from below the gum line.

Dr. Joseph Nemeth Supports Dental Hygiene Month by Educating People on a Minimally Invasive Gum Disease Treatment Procedure

This October, Joseph R. Nemeth, DDS honors Dental Hygiene Month by offering an FDA-cleared laser treatment for periodontitis, or gum disease. As a periodontal specialist, Dr. Nemeth urges patients in Metro Detroit who are experiencing tender, swollen and bleeding gums to address these symptoms right away because they are the first noticeable symptoms of periodontitis. Often by the time the disease has advanced this far, oral surgery may be the only effective treatment. The LANAP® protocol reduces the trauma typically caused by gum surgery and significantly reduces recovery time.

There are a number of risk factors for periodontitis including hormone fluctuations, tobacco use and genetics, but poor oral hygiene is the number one reason that the disease develops. It begins with bacteria and food acids mixing to form a sticky paste called plaque, which forms around the gum line and between teeth. Along with professional dental cleanings each year, brushing and flossing twice a day removes plaque before it has time to harden into tartar. A build-up of tartar irritates the gums around the roots of the teeth and leads to infection. As the infection spreads below the gum line, a patient may begin to notice the pain and swelling associated with gum disease.

Millions of adults in the United States experience anxiety about visiting the dentist and delay making an appointment until gum disease has progressed beyond the stages for early treatment. Traditionally, dentists and periodontists treat advanced gum disease by cutting the gums away from the roots of teeth in order to scrape away the tartar and clean the build-up of bacteria and infection. Even after the gums are sutured back in place, they may not reattach in the original position, altering the appearance of the teeth and leading to root sensitivity.

Dr. Nemeth’s patients in Metro Detroit who have bleeding gums have an alternative to this procedure because he is one of the few periodontists in the area certified to perform the LANAP® protocol. Rather than cutting tissue with a scalpel, Dr. Nemeth inserts the PerioLase® MVP-7™ laser below the gum line to target bacteria and infected tissue. The laser then cauterizes the area so that there is minimal bleeding and healing can begin.

Dental Hygiene Month is the perfect opportunity for patients with bleeding gums to contact Dr. Nemeth’s office in Metro Detroit for more information about the LANAP® protocol.

About the Doctor

Joseph R. Nemeth, D.D.S. & Associates is a periodontal practice offering personalized dental care for patients in Southfield, MI. Dr. Nemeth has been serving patients for over 30 years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan Dental School, and completed graduate study in periodontics at New York University. Dr. Nemeth belongs to the one percent of dental professionals currently providing the LANAP® protocol, the first FDA-cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. Dr. Nemeth is also a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, the North American Society of Periodontists, and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. To learn more about Joseph R. Nemeth, D.D.S. & Associates and their dental services visit their website at, or call 248-357-3100.

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