Drs. Richard Chace, Jr., Rodney F. Horvat and Scott G. Cohen Honor American Heart Month, Seek to Raise Awareness of the Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease

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Drs. Richard Chace, Jr., Rodney F. Horvat and Scott G. Cohen of Periodontics & Implant Dentistry are honoring American Heart Month this February by educating their Winter Park, FL patients on the association between periodontal disease and heart disease. To combat the problem, the doctors offer the LANAP® protocol, a new laser treatment option that allows them to eliminate the bacteria that cause gum disease and are believed to contribute to heart disease.

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This February is American Heart Month and Drs. Richard Chace, Jr., Rodney F. Horvat and Scott G. Cohen of Periodontics & Implant Dentistry in Winter Park, FL seek to do their part in raising awareness of the connection between periodontal disease and heart disease. Researchers believe that gum disease, which includes periodontitis, is the most common disease in the U.S. today. Some estimate that as many as 85 percent of the nation’s adults suffer from the condition. Patients with gum disease can turn to Drs. Chace, Horvat and Cohen for treatment using the LANAP® protocol. This minimally invasive procedure allows the doctors to clear away infection and allow the gums to heal so that patients may be able to reduce their chances of developing heart disease.

While researchers do not fully understand the connection between heart disease and gum disease, there is strong evidence to support the idea that the inflammation that develops in the mouth may lead to higher blood pressure and an increased likelihood of heart attack. The same result may also be caused by harmful oral bacteria traveling through the gum’s open sores to various blood vessels where narrowing and blockage may form. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, Winter Park, FL patients who receive treatment for their periodontal disease may see a decrease in their blood pressure and an improvement in their overall health.

The LANAP® protocol is one of the most effective ways that patients can overcome their gum disease. The procedure is simple and may be completed in one or two appointments lasting only an hour each. During the treatment, the doctors use the PerioLase®MVP-7™, a laser specifically designed for use in this procedure. The laser destroys infected tissue and bacteria while leaving healthy gum tissue intact. As a result, patients report experiencing little pain or bleeding, and they are often back to their normal routine in just a few hours.

The doctors often recommend that their periodontal patients in Winter Park undergo the LANAP® protocol for treatment of their periodontal disease. Those who would like more information on how they can improve their oral and heart health with the procedure can contact their office to set up an appointment.

About the Doctors

Drs. Richard Chace, Jr., Rodney F. Horvat and Scott G. Cohen are periodontists offering personalized dental care for patients in Winter Park, FL since 1945. It was the first periodontal practice to open in the state of Florida. The practice focuses on periodontal treatments such as dental implants and laser gum surgery. Drs. Horvat and Cohen are part of one percent of dental professionals providing the only FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. To learn more about Drs. Chace, Horvat and Cohen visit their website at http://www.periodoctors.com and call (407) 412-7240.

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