Drs. Steven Saunders, Victor Saunders and Jeff Dickson Support Stroke Awareness Month this May, Raise Awareness of Oral Health and Stroke Connection

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In support of National Stroke Awareness Month this May, Drs. Steven Saunders, Victor Saunders, and Jeff Dickson are educating patients on the heightened risk of stroke associated with periodontal disease. People who suffer from gum disease in Harrisonburg and Winchester, VA, can mitigate this serious risk by visiting the doctors for the LANAP® protocol, which is a minimally invasive laser gum surgery procedure.

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Drs. Steven Saunders, Victor Saunders, and Jeff Dickson are honoring National Stroke Awareness Month in May, by raising awareness about the connection between periodontal disease and stroke. Research indicates that victims of periodontal disease may be at a higher risk of suffering from stroke and other serious systemic illnesses. To help people afflicted with gum disease in Harrisonburg and Winchester, VA, eliminate this serious risk, Drs. Saunders, Saunders, and Dickson offer the LANAP® protocol, which is a laser-based treatment for gum disease.

Studies show that periodontal disease may be a significant risk factor for stroke. The nature of the connection between the diseases is not yet well understood, but research suggests that the bacteria that gain entry to the bloodstream through diseased gum tissue may contribute to this risk. These bacteria may cause blood cell inflammation, which restricts the arteries, or the bacteria may clump with plaque in the bloodstream. Both reactions may increase the risk of stroke and other serious illnesses, such as heart disease. Although further research is needed, Drs. Saunders, Saunders, and Dickson encourage patients who suffer from gum disease in Harrisonburg and Winchester, VA, to view protecting their oral health as a measure that can help reduce the risk of stroke.

Drs. Saunders, Saunders, and Dickson provide patients with a convenient gum disease treatment option with the LANAP® protocol. To perform this procedure, the doctors use a specialized laser that only affects diseased tissue and the bacteria responsible for gum disease. This minimizes healthy tissue loss and the risk of undesirable side effects, such as pain and bleeding. The procedure also poses a low risk of infection, since the doctors can use the laser to stimulate the formation of a protective blood clot at the gum pocket. Together, these factors make the LANAP® protocol an effective and low-risk treatment for gum disease.

Drs. Saunders, Saunders, and Dickson encourage their patients to recognize the signs and symptoms of gum disease so that they can seek treatment early. Changes in gum health, including inflammation, bleeding, and recession are common signs of periodontal disease. Patients may be especially at risk for developing the disease if they use tobacco, maintain poor nutritional habits, or practice inadequate oral hygiene habits. Patients who believe they may need treatment for gum disease in Harrisonburg and Winchester, VA, should protect their oral and general health by contacting the doctors’ practice to schedule an in-office consultation.

About the Practice

Shenandoah Valley Implant Institute is a periodontal practice offering personalized dental care for patients in Harrisonburg, VA and Winchester, VA. Drs. Steven Saunders, Victor Saunders and Jeff Dickson provide high quality periodontal treatment and perform procedures including dental implants, laser gum disease treatment, minimally invasive gum recession treatment, and more. Drs. Saunders and Dickson are committed to providing patients with exceptional dental care, and belong 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 Shenandoah Valley Implant Institute and their dental services, please visit their website at http://www.implantdocs.us or call (800) 525-4867.

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