Berkeley, CA (PRWEB) September 03, 2013
Gum disease treatment from Berkeley dentist Dr. Keith Chertok may be able to help pregnant women increase their chances of having a healthy birth. Recent studies reveal a correlation between gum disease and low birth weight. Dr. Chertok offers patients an alternative to conventional surgery with the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP), a treatment aimed at preventing gum disease from spreading and having other critical effects later.
When compared to traditional gum surgery options, LANAP is less invasive and introduces fewer undesirable side effects. The wavelength of the laser used in the procedure is only absorbed by periodontally diseased gum tissue, which eliminates the need for slicing, stitching, and scraping that is associated with conventional surgery. Patients who receive LANAP from Dr. Chertok appreciate the quick recovery time and relative lack of pain or bleeding. LANAP is just as effective as traditional surgery, and it can even be more predictable. Since existing healthy tissue is left in place, the risk of infection or tooth loss may be reduced.
The convenience and sure results of LANAP will appeal to pregnant women, as will the potential health benefits. Studies have shown that periodontal disease may be connected to a greater risk for low birth weight and other pregnancy complications. With about 10 percent of babies born being low birth weight babies, this possible connection is clearly a concern for expectant mothers. A low birth weight baby may face heart and respiratory problems just after birth, and have a higher risk of having chronic diseases later in life. Women are recommended to eliminate the risk factor that gum disease constitutes just as they would remove other known risk factors during pregna
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