New Research Shows Keeping Your Teeth Longer by Treating Your Gum Disease Can Decrease Dementia

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — Periodontitis is one of the most common diseases affecting adults in the United States and is linked to many other serious diseases. Studies have shown a link between gum disease and other serious illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and more. A new study published in early July reinforced the link between losing your teeth and dementia.

“We’ve known about the link between periodontal disease and cognitive impairment – both dementia and Alzheimer’s,” states Robert A. Levine, DDS, an internationally acclaimed periodontist and founder of the Pennsylvania Center for Dental Implants and Periodontics. “This latest study reinforces that every single tooth is important, and the risks of cognitive decline are greater with every tooth that is lost to gum disease.”

Dr. Levine and his partners at the Pennsylvania Center for Dental Implants and Periodontics use the MMPPI index to educate their patients, and the LANAP® protocol to quickly and safely treat gum disease.

Dr. Levine and the MMPPI’s creator, Dr. PD Miller are part of a team that has developed the clinical applications which “translates” the MMPPI’s benefits into patient “value” with its use. The MMPPI helps patients to understand their overall health of their mouth from a periodontal standpoint with the goal of improving their own score based through steps that they can take so they are in control of their own health outcome. This is similar to taking steps in controlling one’s cholesterol, HgA1c or hypertension. The index provides patients a target goal score for their mouth and projects how likely they are to keep or lose their teeth with their current oral health habits for 15 and 30 years. The MMPPI is a very powerful patient motivator and is an evidence-based index that is used for every patient.

The LANAP protocol offers patients a less invasive treatment option to help guard against tooth loss associated with gum disease and regenerate bone lost to the disease. The LANAP protocol uses the PerioLase® MVP-7™ dental laser to target and destroy bacteria infecting the gum tissue and causing gum disease. The antibacterial effect helps to disinfect the periodontal pocket, freeing up your immune system to heal the damage caused by the disease.

Periodontists Robert A. Levine, DDS and Philip Fava II, DMD, MDSc have almost a decade of experience using the PerioLase MVP-7 for the LANAP protocol to save teeth and improve their patients’ health. Controlling periodontal disease with LANAP treatment makes it possible to save and restore otherwise hopeless teeth.

LANAP treatment offers patients faster healing, less gum recession, less sensitivity after treatment and less pain. LANAP treatment is also safe for patients with health concerns, and Plavix or aspirin regimens can continue throughout treatment.

Schedule a treatment evaluation with the gum disease experts at the Pennsylvania Center for Dental Implants and Periodontics to understand your oral health and save your teeth. Call 267-933-4281 or visit

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