Dr. Ryan P. Estes Honors Gum Disease Awareness Month, Reminds Florence, KY Residents of the Importance of Early Periodontal Disease Treatment

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Periodontist Ryan P. Estes, DMD, MS recognizes Gum Disease Awareness Month this February by reminding Florence, KY patients of the serious side effects of periodontal disease. Dr. Estes offers the LANAP® protocol, which treats gum disease without the need for incisions and stitches.

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Dr. Ryan P. Estes seeks to educate Florence, KY residents about the dangers of periodontal disease in honor of Gum Disease Awareness Month this February. More than 85 percent of the adults in the United States have mild to severe gum disease, making it the most prevalent disease in the country. Researchers have linked oral bacteria with a number of other health issues, such as diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer. The symptoms of gum disease are often mild or unnoticeable during the early stages, making it easy to delay seeking dental treatment.

Bacteria are always present in the mouth. They feed on food acids and form plaque, which is a sticky paste around the base of the teeth. Brushing and flossing twice a day help to control the build-up from plaque, and professional dental cleanings prevent it from spreading below the gum line. Periodontal disease is both preventable and treatable for individuals in Florence, KY. However, it can cause recession, decay and loose teeth if an individual does not seek treatment in a timely manner.

When a person has poor dental hygiene habits, uses tobacco or has other risk factors for gum disease, bacteria often attack sensitive tissues in the supporting structures around the roots of teeth, causing inflammation, irritation and infection. Pus pockets form and pull the gums away from the teeth, creating large gaps. Researchers have discovered that bacteria can enter the bloodstream through the gums, and this may be the link between gum disease and other serious health problems.

During Gum Disease Awareness Month, Dr. Estes encourages patients to visit his periodontal practice in Florence, KY to learn about the advanced periodontal disease treatment option called the LANAP® protocol, an FDA-cleared laser surgery. Using the PerioLase® MVP-7™ laser, Dr. Estes is able to target bacteria without cutting the gums to access the infected area. The laser cleans and cauterizes, minimizing pain and trauma and stimulating new tissue growth for a full recovery. Gentler dentistry techniques such as laser gum surgery allow patients to seek treatment without fear. More information about is available on the Perio-Implant Care website.

About the Doctor

Perio-Implant Care is a periodontal practice providing personalized dental care for patients in Florence, KY. Dr. Ryan Estes received his undergraduate degree from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, before earning his Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. Dr. Estes 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. To learn more about the dental services available at Perio-Implant Care please visit http://www.perioimplantcare.com or call (859) 898-0654.

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