National Dentist’s Day: 10 Ways Your Laser Dentist Advocates Health

It’s time to love your dentist. Every year on March 6 we celebrate National Dentist’s Day, marking the contributions of the dentists who serve our communities.

The path to becoming a dental professional is long and lined with intimidating challenges. Likewise, the standards for becoming a certified laser dentist  are also set high and include  laser physics courses, courses on laser use for specific hard-tissue and soft-tissue procedures, and hands-on training. When highly skilled medical professionals invest in laser technology and education, the end result is an elevated patient experience.

Here’s what a qualified dentist armed with a laser can do for your health and comfort:

Patient safety

Advanced lasers are equipped with single-use tips. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, using disposable items improves patient safety by eliminating the risk of patient-to-patient contamination because the item is discarded and not used on another patient.

Lifts anxiety

Dental anxiety can be a block to having dental treatment. Loud drills, long needles, and numb lips can prevent you from taking a proactive approach to oral health. Your laser dentist offers an alternative to drills and injections for a more gentle experience.

Less anesthetic

Top-notch lasers such as the Waterlase use water to cool and hydrate a tooth. The water helps prevent pain-causing heat associated with the dental drill. Less anesthetic is dispensed so you can carry on your day without feeling numb after treatment.

Alleviates discomfort

Minor oral facial pain and TMJ discomfort can be alleviated in minutes by dispersing laser energy into targeted tissue.

Screens for cancer

According to the American Dental Association, 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral and throat cancer this year. When cancer is detected early, treatment-related health problems are reduced. Your dentist regularly examines your mouth for signs of oral cancer.

Faster healing

Lasers have sterilizing capabilities so the risk of infection is reduced which means faster healing time for surgical procedures.

Less bleeding

Top-selling lasers offer precise control of gum procedures. Gums can be treated more gently and with less bleeding for unsurpassed comfort.

Mouth maintenance

Professional teeth cleaning is part of oral hygiene and involves the removal of plaque from teeth to prevent cavities and gum disease.

Examines for gum disease

The current position of the American Heart Association and the American Dental Association is that periodontal disease and heart health have an association. Your laser dentist checks for early signs of gum disease and presents treatment options to minimize health risks.

Perfects the smile

It’s no secret that a bright confident smile turns heads. Your laser dentist can perfect your smile or lighten teeth (in 20 minutes) for a more youthful appearance.

Your overall health is improved by a dentist’s skill, compassion, and professional experience. Dentists are responsible for a wide range of short and long-term oral health care needs. Today is the perfect time to thank your dentist for their service and let them know they are appreciated.