IALD announces Gum Disease Awareness Week in February 2012

Jan. 20, 2012
The Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry (IALD) is establishing Gum Disease Awareness Week as February 19-25, 2012. Dental professionals can make a powerful difference in the health of their patients by calling their attention to this important and completely treatable health threat.

CERRITOS, CA — (Marketwire) — For Americans, the month of February is synonymous with Valentine's Day, but unbeknownst to most people, February is also Dental Health Month. Perhaps, it's because there's lots of smooching going on. However, smooching has been shown to be a pathway for gum disease transmission between smoochers!

That's why the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry (IALD) is establishing Gum Disease Awareness Week as February 19-25, 2012.

Click here to read more about the oral-systemic connection.

Most dental professionals know something that the average American doesn't: Mounting university research points to gum disease as a possible precursor to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, some cancers, and even stillbirths.

The IALD — the professional members of which practice in 49 states, as well as in Japan, Canada, Australia, Dubai, Brazil, and Switzerland — are united in educating the public about gum disease and simple, nonsurgical treatment options.

For those people, who have the symptoms of gum disease — bleeding gums, loose teeth, or continual bad breath — there's an FDA-cleared alternative to the painful "cut and suture" traditional surgery. Called the LANAP® protocol, this patient-friendly laser procedure has been performed on tens of thousands of people for more than 13 years with positive results.

Dr. Lloyd V. Tilt, DDS, MS, Ogden, Utah, says, "As a periodontist, I have found the LANAP protocol to be a superb treatment option for patients. I've seen consistently excellent results with this minimally invasive procedure."

Rochester, N.Y., periodontist Dr. Suresh Goel, explains, "The LANAP protocol allows my practice to serve those who are greatest in need without the discomfort and expense often associated with traditional periodontal surgery."

The Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry is a nationally recognized lecture and clinical training continuing education organization dedicated to research, practice, and teaching advanced laser dentistry therapies. Formed in 1999 by dentists Robert H. Gregg and Delwin McCarthy, the IALD offers both actual and practical live-patient clinical training to dental practitioners in the use of dental lasers, supported with pertinent documentation and content. For more information, click here.