In Recognition of National Diabetes Month, Dr. Kenneth A. Peavy Educates Patients on the Relationship Between Diabetes and Gum Disease in Winston Salem, NC

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This November, in honor of National Diabetes Month, Dr. Kenneth A. Peavy is raising awareness about the link between high blood sugar and gum disease in Winston Salem, NC. Not only does he offer essential information about risk factors, he provides a minimally invasive laser treatment that does not require incisions and sutures.

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Kenneth A. Peavy, DMD, is recognizing National Diabetes Month this November by providing his community with education and treatment opportunities, for those who are at an increased risk for gum disease in Winston Salem, NC. Studies have proven that those who have uncontrolled blood sugar may have an increased risk for developing periodontitis, with the infection typically progressing at a more expedited rate, due to an already compromised immune system, often inflicted upon diabetics. Dr. Peavy is certified to offer the LANAP® protocol, a laser procedure which has proven to be more effective and minimally invasive, in comparison to traditional scalpel surgeries.

Without proper oral hygiene habits, oral bacteria can affect people of all ages, creating a sticky paste which calcifies on the teeth, becoming tartar around and below the gum line, potentially progressing into a more severe condition. Those affected by diabetes maintain an increased level of glucose within the mouth, providing bacteria an ideal environment to flourish. Tartar buildup irritates and inflames the gums, potentially leading to infection. Most dentists treating gum disease in Winston Salem, NC, utilize traditional methods involving sharp metal instruments to cut the gums, pulling them away from the roots of teeth, enabling the removal of accumulated tartar build up and infected tissue. Dr. Peavy uses a laser technique (LANAP®) with an easy recovery and most patients can return to their normal activities the next day.

Even though treatment is critical to preventing further health problems, many patients feel anxiety over the procedure and may prolong necessary appointments. While this can have devastating effects for anyone, diabetics are at an increased risk for more adverse effects. Dr. Peavy aims to ease the mind of his patients, by providing an alternative to the pain and trauma associated with traditional methods. He uses the FDA-cleared PerioLase® MVP-7™ laser, which has an ultra-fine tip that he inserts in the pockets between the gums and teeth, removing bacteria and cleansing the wounds. Following the procedure, the laser is utilized to disinfect the area, minimizing bleeding and swelling, while stimulating regenerative tissue growth for an expedited recovery.

Anyone interested in learning more about the benefits of the LANAP® protocol or gum disease in Winston Salem, NC for National Diabetes Month, can find information on Dr. Peavy’s website.

About the Doctor:

Dr. Kenneth Peavy is a periodontist offering personalized dental care for patients in Winston Salem, NC since 1996. Dr. Peavy completed his undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his dental degree at the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Dental Medicine. He finished his residency program in General Dentistry at the Medical College of Georgia and his certificate in periodontics at the Medical University of South Carolina. He also earned his Master’s Degree in Health Sciences. Dr. Peavy joined an exclusive group of doctors to offer The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™) for gum recession treatment. To learn more about Dr. Peavy and his dental services, visit his website at and call 336-383-1247.

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