Berkeley, California (EastBayDaily) — In honor of American Heart Month, Dr. Keith Chertok provides his patients with information about the link between periodontal disease and heart disease at his practice in Berkeley, CA. To combat the condition and reduce the associated risks, Dr. Chertok offers the LANAP® protocol, a new laser gum surgery option that reduces pain and discomfort. This procedure is less invasive than traditional periodontal treatments, so those who experience dental anxiety may be more comfortable seeking treatment for their condition.
Gum disease is one of the most common conditions in the U.S. today. People from many different socioeconomic backgrounds develop the disease due to genetics, stress, medication or tobacco use. However, the most common cause of periodontal disease for Berkeley, CA residents is poor oral hygiene. Gingivitis and periodontitis are two stages of gum disease. Gingivitis is the mildest stage of periodontal disease in which the gums easily bleed and are swollen and red. If the condition progresses to periodontitis, pockets of infection begin to develop along the gum line. These pockets are open sores through which bacteria and toxins can enter the bloodstream. Researchers believe that when this occurs bacteria may cause narrowing of the blood vessels and contribute to blockage. Researchers also believe that bacteria induced inflammation plays a big part in heart disease.
When Dr. Chertok performs the LANAP® protocol on his Berkeley, CA patients for treatment of periodontal disease, he uses the most advanced laser technology available in dentistry, the PerioLase®MVP-7â¢. This laser can be configured to target only infected tissue and bacteria so healthy tissue is left intact. The procedure results in less pain and minimal bleeding for the patient. It can often be completed in less than an hour and patients heal much faster than seen with traditional gum surgery options. With no sutures to worry about, many individuals resume their regular schedule and habits the same day.
Those who would like to learn more about the LANAP® protocol and how it can help them fight gum disease while reducing their propensity for heart disease should contact Dr. Chertok’s office to schedule an appointment.
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 LANAP 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.