Drs. David Baker and Angela Burns Celebrate American Heart Month, Explain the Important Link Between Oral Health and Heart Disease

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Patients in Austin, TX can celebrate American Heart Month this February by seeing Dr. David Baker and Dr. Angela Burns at Westlake Family Dental Care for treatment of their periodontal disease, a condition with a known link to heart disease. Drs. Baker and Burns often recommend that patients with gum disease undergo the LANAP® protocol, a minimally invasive treatment that targets infection at its source with few side effects.

Dr. David Baker and Dr. Angela Burns with Westlake Family Dental Care are recognizing American Heart Month this February by educating Austin, TX patients on the link between periodontal disease and heart disease. To reduce the chances of a complication, the doctors offer the LANAP® protocol, one of the most advanced treatment options for gum disease available today. The procedure utilizes the PerioLase® MVP-7™, a laser that can be calibrated to remove only infected tissue and the bacteria that cause gum disease. Since there is no cutting or sutures, patients experience little bleeding, swelling or pain and are often able to return to their normal routines quickly and without complication.

Every year, 25 percent of deaths in the U.S. are caused by heart disease. Millions of Americans also suffer from gum disease annually. Researchers have shown in many studies that patients with periodontal disease have an increased risk of heart disease. The association between the two conditions has been firmly established by the scientific community and most healthcare professionals understand the risks associated with both diseases. Some researchers believe the inflammation caused by gum disease is to blame. Others think that the bacteria responsible for oral infection may enter the bloodstream and travel to blood vessels where they increase clot formation. No matter what the connection may be, the connection itself is clear.

In order to combat periodontal disease and reduce the chances that Austin, TX patients will develop heart disease, Dr. Baker and Dr. Burns often recommend that patients with periodontal disease undergo the LANAP® protocol. During the procedure, the doctor uses the laser first to clear out the diseased tissue in the periodontal pockets that have formed along the gum line. Then the doctor uses an ultrasonic scaler to remove any calculus that has built up below the gum line. To complete the procedure, Dr. Baker or Dr. Burns uses the laser to form a clot which seals the site and promotes healing and gum reattachment.

Patients in Austin, TX are encouraged to contact Dr. Baker and Dr. Burns for treatment of their periodontal disease. Those who would like to learn more about the connection between gum disease and heart disease can contact the doctors’ office for more information or to schedule an appointment.

About the Practice

Westlake Family Dental Care is a general practice offering personalized dental care for patients in Austin, TX since 1997. Dr. Baker received his dental degree from the University Of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School and scored in the top two percent of the nation in Endodontics and Periodontics. He is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the LANAP® FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. Dr. Angela Burns earned her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M and her Dental Surgery degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, and the Capitol Area Dental Society. Dr. Burns is committed to providing her patients with the latest and most technologically advanced dental treatment. She and Dr. Baker both attend an average of 40 hours of continuing education every year. In addition to LANAP®, both doctors provide services such as fixed lower dentures, dental implants, and TMJ. To learn more about Westlake Dental Care and their dental services, visit their website at http://www.davidabaker.net and call (512) 782-8422.

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