Drs. Robert Becker and Joseph Amalfitano Educate Patients on Oral Health and Stroke Connection, in Recognition of Stroke Awareness Month

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May is Stroke Awareness Month and periodontists Dr. Robert Becker and Dr. Joseph Amalfitano are recognizing the occasion by increasing public understanding of the link between gum disease and stroke. Using a revolutionary laser gum surgery called LANAP®, Drs. Becker and Amalfitano treat gum disease in Racine and Burlington, WI.

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Dr. Robert Becker and Dr. Joseph Amalfitano are recognizing Stroke Awareness Month by educating the community about the link between gum disease and stroke. Many living in Racine and Burlington, WI, have gum disease and do not realize the oral and general health risks involved. The good news is that periodontists, such as Drs. Becker and Amalfitano, can treat gum disease thanks to a revolutionary procedure called the LANAP® protocol. This treatment is a state-of-the-art laser gum surgery that is minimally invasive.

Until recently, the connection between oral and general health was poorly understood. Now an overwhelming amount of evidence proves that those with gum disease have increased risk of serious medical conditions such as stroke, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and even low birth weight babies. One reason oral diseases prove to be consequential is that fact that they promote active bacterial infections. In the most common cases of gum disease in Racine and Burlington, WI, the bacteria grows in pockets that it creates between the gum and the roots of teeth, where no amount of brushing or flossing can make it accessible. The bacteria then transfers from the mouth to the rest of the body through the bloodstream, and even food and drink can be contaminated as they pass through the mouth. Once it gains access to the body’s organs, it can increase and progressively cause serious damage.

Laser gum surgery is the efficient, minimally invasive solution to bacteria growing in pockets surrounding the teeth. Using the LANAP® protocol, Drs. Becker and Amalfitano remove the disease without damaging the healthy tissue in the area. They utilize a tiny laser probe that fits into pockets without the need for incisions. Laser pulses kill bacteria and break up any existing tartar to make it easy to remove. At the same time, laser gum surgery stimulates the healthy gum cells to reattach to the teeth, which accelerates the healing process.

Anyone who wants to learn more about the harm caused by gum disease in Racine and Burlington, WI, is invited to visit the website of Drs. Becker and Amalfitano, where they maintain a significant amount of patient education material. In addition, those who want to visit with the periodontists to discuss treatment may also call their office.

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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