Racine, WI Periodontists, Drs. Robert Becker and Joseph Amalfitano Recognize American Heart Month this February, Discuss the Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease

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Racine and Burlington, WI patients with periodontal disease can celebrate American Heart Month this February by learning more about the connection between gum disease and heart disease from Dr. Robert Becker and Dr. Joseph Amalfitano of Lakeview Periodontal Associates. For patients who suffer from gum disease, Drs. Becker and Amalfitano offer the LANAP® protocol, one of the most advanced treatment options available today.

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Dr. Robert Becker and Dr. Joseph Amalfitano of Lakeview Periodontal Associates are recognizing American Heart Month by educating patients on the well-known link between gum disease and heart disease. Drs. Becker and Amalfitano offer their Racine and Burlington, WI patients the LANAP® protocol, a minimally invasive laser gum treatment for periodontal disease that can help patients combat gum disease and lower their risk of heart disease.

Studies show that those with moderate to advanced gum disease are more likely to experience heart disease than those with healthy gums. The Academy of General Dentistry reports that those with chronic periodontal disease have a greater risk of having a heart attack. Some researchers believe that the bacteria responsible for the infection may enter the bloodstream through the open wounds in the mouth and travel to various locations in the body. Sometimes, the bacteria attach to blood vessels and cause increased clot formations, which in turn decreases blood flow to the heart and increases blood pressure. This raises the likelihood that the individual will have a heart attack. Some also believe that inflammation may play a serious role as well.

In order to prevent Racine, WI patients from developing heart disease in connection with their periodontal disease, Drs. Becker and Amalfitano offer many patients the opportunity to undergo the LANAP® protocol. The procedure requires the use of the PerioLase®MVP-7™, a laser that was designed for use in this setting. The laser targets the bacteria that cause the periodontal infection while leaving healthy tissue intact. This allows Drs. Becker and Amalfitano to provide fast, efficient and effective treatment with almost no bleeding, little pain and little swelling. Patients usually experience so few side effects that they are able to return to their normal routines the same day.

In many cases, patients fear the treatment for their gum disease more than they fear the condition itself. With the LANAP® protocol, patients no longer have to be afraid of experiencing excessive pain or long recovery periods. Those in Racine, WI who would like to learn more about how they can combat both periodontal disease and heart disease are invited to visit the doctors’ website or to call their office to schedule an appointment.

About the Doctors

Dr. Robert Becker and Dr. Joseph Amalfitano are periodontists offering personalized dental care for patients in Racine and Burlington, WI. Dr. Becker is the founder of Lakeview Periodontal Associates and has been practicing dental medicine for over 30 years. Dr. Becker received his graduate and post-graduate degrees from Marquette School of Dentistry and his continued education in periodontics at Northwestern University Dental School. He has also studied Implantology at the prestigious Branemark Institute in Sweden, and is proud to have placed over 8,000 dental implants during his career. Dr. Becker is also a recipient of A Diamond Award, a prestigious recognition for being a Premier Nobel Biocare Provider. Dr. Amalfitano is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and the University of Michigan where he received his certificate in periodontics and advanced surgical training in periodontal disease treatment and dental implant placement. He has authored and co-authored a variety of articles focused on periodontal disease, and is a member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Periodontology among others. To learn more about Drs. Becker and Amalfitano and the dental services they provide, please visit their website at http://www.teethin24hrs.com or call (262) 510-0414 for the Racine office or (262) 510-0381 to reach the Burlington office.

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