Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums and surrounding tissue to the teeth. This can be stopped by cleaning out the offending bacteria, keeping the body healthy, preventing the recurrence of germs beneath the gum line. Dr. Schuette also has available many personal hygiene products including the Hydro-Floss for flushing out and killing some of the germs that perpetrate this disease.

Treatment of Periodontal Gum Disease has been linked to lessening the risk of:

  1. Preterm/Low-birth weight pregnancy
  2. Diabetes
  3. Strokes
  4. Heart Attacks
  5. Otherosclerosis
  6. Lung infections

We encourage each of our patients to visit us at least twice a year for preventive care. These routine cleanings and exams allow us to monitor your oral health and quickly diagnose and treat periodontal disease or other problems which may develop before they can cause significant damage to your teeth, gums and other oral structures.

Here are a few of the most common symptoms of gum disease:

  • Red, swollen, and tender gums
  • Gum which bleed easily, such as when brushing, flossing or chewing
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Gum recession
  • Changes in your bite or in the fit of an oral appliance
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Sores in your mouth

Our state-of-the-art laser has the ability to selectively kill and remove diseased tissue with minimal damage to healthy tissue. By isolating the area, the body can heal. As is involved with treating a broken bone injury, the wound must be cleaned, isolated, and immobilized as necessary. Dr. Schuette is a general dentist and one of over 1300 dentist in the world trained in this LANAP® procedure. By eliminating harmful bacteria and diseased tissue with a laser, our dentist can help you regain your oral health. LANAP laser gum therapy is much more comfortable than traditional periodontal treatments – in fact, you may not even require an anesthetic. It also eliminates the need for stitches after your procedure, minimizes bleeding, and decreases the risk of infection.

We invite you to contact our office at 816-554-7656 to schedule a consultation with our dentist and learn more laser gum therapy and other periodontal treatments.