Houston, TX (PRWEB) February 10, 2015
In Houston, TX, Dr. J. Robert Friedberg seeks to raise awareness about periodontal disease during Gum Disease Awareness Month. About 85 percent of the adults in the United States have some degree of gum disease, making it the most prevalent disease in the country. Researchers recently discovered that bacteria causing infection below the gum line are also present in a number of other serious health problems, such as heart disease and colon cancer. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, an individual with gum disease is nearly twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease.
Many are aware that forgetting to brush and floss can cause cavities, but other effects of poor oral hygiene have not received as much publicity. When plaque is not removed every day, it hardens into calculus. Below the gum line, this substance irritates and inflames sensitive tissues. The resulting infection develops pus pocket that grow and pull the gums away from the teeth. This leaves wide gaps and exposes roots, causing painful sensitivity. An individual may not notice early symptoms, only becoming aware of the problem when the gums become red and tender, or when hot, cold or sweet stimuli come in contact with tooth roots.
Most periodontists in Houston, TX prescribe scalpel surgery to treat moderate to severe periodontal disease. Dr. Friedberg is able to provide a much gentler option. He is one of the few periodontists in the country certified to perform the LANAP® protocol, a unique FDA-cleared laser gum surgery. The PerioLase® MVP-7™ laser uses a beam of light to eradicate bacteria without harming healthy tissues around tooth roots. An ultrasonic tool cleans the calculus from the teeth. In the final step, the laser is used again to stimulate bone growth to aid the gums in reattaching to the roots for a full recovery. This minimally invasive procedure lessens the pain and trauma of oral surgery, allowing patients to experience treatment without anxiety.
Gum Disease Awareness Month provides the ideal opportunity for Houston, TX residents to learn more about the causes, effects and treatment options available for periodontal disease. Dr. Friedberg offers information on the LANAP® protocol and other technologically advanced dental procedures on his website.
About the Doctor
J. Robert Friedberg, DMD is a periodontist offering personalized dental care for patients in Houston Texas and the all surrounding areas. Dr. Friedberg earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Connecticut where he also completed a three-year residency in periodontology. Dr. Friedberg belongs to the one percent of dental professionals currently providing the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®), the first FDA-cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. He is also among a select group of dental professionals in the country who have completed the training necessary to perform the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™, a procedure created and patented by Los Angeles dentist Dr. John Chao. To learn more about the dental services available at J. Robert Friedberg, DMD, please visit http://www.houston-perio.com or call (281) 674-7754.