Elizabethtown, KY (PRWEB) February 10, 2015
Dr. Robert Franklin seeks to honor Gum Disease Awareness Month this February by educating Elizabethtown, KY residents about the dangers of periodontal disease. Many people associate dental issues with cavities or missing teeth. However, researchers have discovered that infection-causing oral bacteria are also present in heart disease, diabetes and some forms of cancer. This reinforces Dr. Franklin’s commitment to ensure that his patients have access to the best prevention and treatment options currently available for gum disease.
Plaque build-up around the gum line hardens into calculus on the roots of teeth if it is not removed daily. Calculus irritates and inflames the gums, leading to infection around tooth roots. As the disease progresses, pus pockets form that pull the gums away and create a wide gap that exposes roots and causes pain and sensitivity. Early symptoms of gum disease are not always immediately noticeable. Often the first indicators are redness, tenderness and swelling of the gums. At that point, bacteria may already be decaying the supporting structures of the teeth.
Prevention is the best way to avoid damage to the gums, teeth and supporting structures. Good oral hygiene habits that include brushing and flossing reduce the likelihood of gum disease. Professional dental cleanings should be scheduled at least twice a year. Risk factors such as tobacco use, misaligned teeth and genetics may cause Dr. Franklin to recommend checkups that are more frequent. Early intervention can make treatment much easier. When periodontal disease is already an issue, Dr. Franklin’s Elizabethtown, KY patients have access to an exclusive laser solution called the LANAP® protocol.
Using the PerioLase® MVP-7™ laser, Dr. Franklin is able to target bacteria without cutting the gums to access the infected area. The FDA-cleared procedure is minimally invasive and causes much less pain and trauma than traditional treatment options. There is little bleeding or damage to a healthy tissue and the laser stimulates healthy bone growth to aid in a quick and full recovery. Dr. Franklin has performed this procedure thousands of times, and encourages patients to consider it when seeking treatment.
Elizabethtown, KY residents who want to take advantage of Gum Disease Awareness Month to learn more about periodontal disease prevention and treatment can find information on Dr. Franklin’s website, http://www.robertfranklindmd.com or by calling his office at (270) 506-0708.
About the Practice
Elizabethtown Periodontics is a periodontal practice offering personalized dental care for patients in Elizabethtown, KY. Dr. Robert Franklin has over 25 years of experience, and has been selected as a Top Dentist in Kentucky by the International Association of Dentists. Dr. Franklin earned his Psychology Degree from the University of Louisville, before attending the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. Dr. Franklin then completed his residency in periodontics at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. He believes in continuing education and offers the latest technology, to ensure the health and comfort of his patients. Dr. Franklin became the first periodontist in the Elizabethtown area to become certified in LANAP®, the first FDA-cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. He is also the region’s first periodontist to provide the new Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ technique for treating gum recession with no cutting or sutures. To learn more about Elizabethtown Periodontics and the dental services Dr. Franklin provides, visit their website at http://www.robertfranklindmd.com or call the office at (270) 506-0708.