Berkeley, California (EastBayDaily) — 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 pregnancy such as smoking.
Good oral hygiene habits are essential to preventing gum disease. Patients should brush their teeth twice a day, floss once a day, use an antiplaque or antiseptic mouthwash, and pay attention to whether their gums bleed. Bleeding gums may be a sign of gum disease. Patients should schedule an appointment with Dr. Chertok if they believe that they have periodontal disease.
Pregnant women in Berkeley can learn more about the LANAP gum disease treatment, as well as the different risks associated with periodontal disease, by visiting Dr. Chertok's website or calling his office.
About the Doctor
Keith Chertok, DDS is a periodontist offering personalized dental care for Berkeley, CA gum disease patients. Dr. Chertok graduated in the top five percent of his class from the New York University College of Dentistry and was elected to the honor society Omicron Kappa Upsilon. He received the Quintessence Award for excellence in Periodontics and went on to complete a Hospital Residency program at the New York VA hospital. Dr. Chertok arrived in California to study Periodontics and Implantology at UCSF. He taught at the Dugoni School of Dentistry and UCSF dental school and continues to teach education courses to dentists and dental hygienists. Dr. Chertok is the attending periodontist in charge of periodontal education for the dental residents at the Veterans Hospital Healthcare System of Northern California at Mare Island. He is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the most recent FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. To learn more about Keith Chertok and his dental services visit his website at http://www.berkeleyperiodontist.com and call 510-423-0748.