As a cure for gingivitis, lasers aren't so hot
SUMMARY: While laser-based treatments may sound like an effective space-age cure for gingivitis and bad breath, their effectiveness is questionable.
Posted: February 15, 2012
Using a laser beam to treat medical problems sounds pretty cool, but it isn't always such a hot idea. Consider the use of lasers as a cure for gingivitis and halitosis. This treatment method has a questionable level of efficacy, may cause painful side effects and, most importantly, may do nothing to zap away bad breath or gum disease!
We bring it up because an article recently published by a Michigan-based periodontist recommend using his laser treatments to target gingivitis.
Bringing modern technology to bear on oral health problems is certainly nothing to sniff at. After all, our own specialty breath freshening products make use of cutting-edge organic chemistry in the effort to eliminate oral odor.
But that doesn't mean that a laser is a cure for gingivitis.
On the contrary, such technology does not yet have a proven track record of safety or effectiveness. The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) states that laser-based therapies may be helpful during extensive surgeries for serious dental disease. "When the lasers are used properly during periodontal therapy there can be less bleeding, swelling and discomfort to the patient during surgery," the organization explained.
However, the AAP noted that improperly chosen wavelengths of laser light can do harm to delicate tooth roots or gum tissue. It added that skepticism is often the best mindset to have when reading about the near-miraculous qualities of laser therapy.
"It is important to beware of advertising that sounds too good to be true because it very well may be," the organization concluded. "A dental professional can help you separate fact from hype."
Rather than letting a souped-up laser blast your teeth or roast your gums, consider treating gum disease the all-natural way. The best specialty breath freshening products can eliminate oral odor and reduce gingivitis without leaving you blistered, burnt or bummed out.
Try looking for all-natural rinses, toothpastes and gels that use organic ingredients. The best cure for gingivitis is one that contains no alcohol, synthetic chemicals, dyes or detergents (sodium lauryl sulfate being the most notable offender there).
By scrubbing, swishing or rinsing with all-natural specialty breath fresheners, you can draw a bead on gingivitis and zap away halitosis, all without risking the integrity of your mouth's delicate tissues.