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Daniel S. Lauer, DMDBoard Certified Periodontist

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Gum Disease Linked to Higher Alzheimer’s Risk

Gum Disease Prevention

Gum Disease Linked to Higher Alzheimer’s Risk

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an oral condition that can lead to a variety of serious health concerns when left untreated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately half of Americans 30 years and older suffer from periodontitis, the more advanced form of gum disease. Periodontitis is known to increase one’s risk of conditions like hypertension, heart disease, and stroke, and based on more recent research, gum disease has also been linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

A study published in the medical journal Science Today details a connection that was found between P. gingivalis—one of the bacteria that causes gum disease—and Alzheimer’s patients. Researchers of the study evaluated patients with Alzheimer’s and found evidence of P. gingivalis in the brain. More specifically, in 96% of the 53 tissue samples that were evaluated, gingipains—a toxic enzyme produced by this type of bacteria—were detected. This adds to the growing amount of research that shows a link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s.

With gum disease being so prevalent among adults, and the number of Alzheimer’s cases expected to rise in the future, maintaining good oral health is more important than ever. While more research is needed to determine if treating gum disease helps reduce the possibility of developing Alzheimer’s, the existing link between the two conditions highlights the need to manage gum disease. By taking care of your oral health, you could potentially be protecting your brain health.

How Can I Fix My Gummy Smile?

Some people have gum tissue that extends further down the crowns of their teeth than normal—often referred to as a “gummy smile.” Patients with this excess tissue may feel shy or embarrassed to smile due to their teeth appearing abnormally short. Cosmetic crown lengthening, also known as an aesthetic gum lift or gum recontouring, is a procedure designed to remove excess gum tissue from the teeth, revealing a more balanced and symmetrical smile.

As a board-certified periodontist experienced in gum treatments, Dr. Daniel Lauer performs laser gum recontouring utilizing Waterlase MD™ technology to provide a minimally invasive procedure for a virtually pain-free experience. This innovative laser can efficiently and precisely reshape the gum line with beautiful results. In addition, the process typically produces minimal discomfort, and patients can expect little to no downtime after their procedure.

Crown lengthening may also be performed to prepare a tooth for a dental restoration such as a porcelain crown. Recontouring the gum line prior to a dental restoration procedure can enhance the fit of the restoration as well as improve the aesthetic results. If you would like more information about crown lengthening, please contact us today to schedule an appointment.

How to Restore Receding Gums Without Tissue Grafting

Gum recession is an extremely common problem caused by factors like periodontal disease, premature wear and tear, and even trauma in some cases. When your gums continue to recede, the roots of your teeth gradually become exposed, making them vulnerable to bacteria. The good news is, this receded gum tissue can be restored.

The traditional method of treating gum recession is through a gum graft, which entails donor tissue being harvested from another area of the mouth—usually the palate—and transplanted onto the receding area to cover the exposed tooth root. While this is an effective method of treating receding gums, Dr. Daniel Lauer is pleased to offer patients a less invasive alternative—Emdogain™. This non-surgical solution actually regenerates gum tissue without having to take a gum graft from a donor site.

Emdogain™ is able to effectively restore soft tissues through the use of enamel matrix proteins. Our specialist periodontist fills the affected areas of the gums and around the teeth with the Emdogain™ solution, which stimulates the growth of new gum and bone tissue. This treatment starts to take effect in the first few weeks, but it may take several months for the regeneration process to reach its full potential.

Emdogain™ can be a very effective solution for receding soft and hard periodontal tissue, and it involves significantly less discomfort when compared to the recovery period of a traditional gum graft. Dr. Lauer offers this treatment to not only enhance the look of patients’ smiles, but also to improve their dental health and make their tooth roots less vulnerable to decay.

Dr. Lauer lectures locally about Emdogain™ once or twice every month. He is also a published author of articles detailing the potential of the regenerative gum therapy. If you would like to learn more about this alternative treatment for gum recession, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lauer, please contact us today!

How Gum Disease Affects My Health

Gum disease is a common problem caused by a bacterial infection in the gum tissue surrounding the teeth. If this goes untreated, the disease can continue to worsen and eventually lead to loose or missing teeth. In addition to these issues, many people may not realize that gum disease can have an effect on your overall systemic health as well.

If you do not brush, floss and visit the dentist regularly, your dental hygiene is most likely lacking. Not prioritizing these simple steps can put you at risk of gum disease. However, there are a number of other factors that can make you vulnerable as well. This includes stress, poor nutrition, tobacco usage, and certain medications. If these factors play a role in your life, you may need to pay extra attention to your oral health.

Bacteria can form in your mouth, causing plaque to build along the gumline. As this gradually turns into tartar, the gums can become infected, which ultimately leads to the development of gum disease. If left untreated, this can lead to loose teeth, bone loss, and systemic complications, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Periodontitis, the severe form of gum disease, is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults over the age of 35, but it can occur at any age. Even with the strictest brushing and flossing routine, the disease can still develop. If you wish to prevent or combat gum disease, Dr. Daniel Lauer and his staff are here to help.

Aside from good oral hygiene practices, you should regularly visit your dentist to ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy. For those who have gingivitis or a more severe form of gum disease, Dr. Lauer offers an array of advanced treatments. This includes the Waterlase MD™ laser technique, which is a virtually painless procedure that removes bacteria in the mouth and also cleanses the gums of infection.

If you would like to learn more about our practice and have our board-certified periodontist provide you with gum disease treatment, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to meeting you!

Why Choose Precision Periodontics?


At Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, your comfort, safety, and overall well-being are our top priorities. We understand you have many options when it comes to periodontal care, which is why our team is committed to helping you have a positive experience as you receive the oral care you need. Since the feeling of dread tends to accompany people to their dental treatments, Dr. Daniel Lauer and our staff strive to help you remain relaxed and at-ease every step of the way.

Our practice works closely with referring dentists for patients’ with more in-depth oral needs. However, referrals are not needed to make an appointment with our office. In fact, many people seek out Dr. Lauer’s expertise for their periodontal procedures, including dental implants, gum disease treatment, aesthetic gum lifting, and more. He is considered one of the top periodontists in the Palm Beach Gardens area due to his advanced credentials and years of experience.

Dr. Lauer is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, which means he has undergone more than three years of specialty training following dental school and has passed a rigorous exam process. He is also a member of the Academy of Osseointegration and is experienced in treating the most complex issues related to the gums and surrounding oral structures.

Should you choose Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry for your periodontal needs, you can rest assured you are receiving care from a highly qualified and compassionate team of professionals. We will make sure you are informed about your treatment and always recommend the most conservative solutions that can provide you with optimal results. Afterall, our team treats every patient as if they were family, and our goal is for you to leave our office excited about your improved smile and oral health.

If you would like to learn more about our practice, or would like to schedule an appointment with our board-certified periodontist, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to meeting you!

How Is Gum Recession Treated?

shutterstock_294243569If you’ve noticed your gums have been receding – whether from periodontal disease, trauma, or another cause – you may need to consult with a dental professional to learn if your oral health is at risk. Mild forms of gum recession can often be treated with nonsurgical approaches including bite adjustments or a biteguard to reduce excess forces on teeth. Moderate to severe recession, however, may require more in-depth treatment methods.

In the past receding gums were often corrected with surgical gum grafting. This involved taking a tissue graft from another area of the mouth (usually the palate) to transplant to the location of the recession to help rebuild the area. At Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, Dr. Daniel Lauer also offers regenerative gum therapy using Emdogain™ to help regrow the gum and bone receded in the area affected. This non-invasive option entails Dr. Lauer placing the protein-based gel around the affected teeth and gums. Over the course of a few weeks, the tissue begins to repair, and after several months, you should see optimal results.

The best treatment for your gum recession will ultimately depend upon your unique needs. When you come in for your appointment with our periodontal specialist, he will help you determine how you can restore your lost gum tissue for a healthier, more aesthetic appearance.

What Causes Gum Recession?

gum-recession-treamentReceding gums are an extremely common oral problem – one that can be effectively improved with the right treatment. When your gums begin to recede, more of your tooth root is exposed, making it especially susceptible to decay, sensitivity and eventual loosening of the tooth. This is why Dr. Daniel Lauer emphasizes the importance of treating the recession when it causes concern. To help prevent the problem from becoming a severe issue, it can help to understand what has caused your gum recession. The most common factors that lead to receding gums include:

  •     Periodontal disease
  •      Trauma
  •      Genetics causing you to have thinner gum tissue
  •      Brushing your teeth too aggressively
  •      Poor dental hygiene that causes tartar to build up
  •      Grinding or clenching teeth, which causes excessive force
  •      Crooked teeth or misalignment leading to abnormal wear

The exact cause will vary based on the individual, but Dr. Lauer will evaluate your condition to determine what may have influenced your recession. By doing so, he can help you find the most effective treatment method for a long-lasting solution.

Dr. Lauer Recertified by the American Board of Periodontology

20120907-Dan-Lauer-009-color-webIn his never-ending mission to provide the best periodontal care possible, Dr. Daniel Lauer has recently become recertified by the American Board of Periodontology. This is the second time he has undergone the recertification process, which is designed to challenge each doctor’s knowledge on past and emerging information in the field of periodontics. Becoming board certified is a completely optional credential – one that a large percentage of periodontists do not pursue or complete. Even more rare is becoming recertified at the end of every six-year period.

Dr. Lauer believes achieving board certification and successfully completing recertification is an extremely important part of treating patients. He remains committed to continuing his education and staying up-to-date with the latest techniques. By taking these extra steps, he is able to provide the most comprehensive care and best treatment for each patient’s unique needs.

For those seeking a periodontist, Dr. Lauer stresses the advantage of seeing a board-certified specialist, as these individuals are dedicated to seeking the most efficient and effective ways of treating patients. To learn more about Dr. Lauer’s expertise in periodontics, or to schedule an appointment, please contact Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry today!

New Technology Offers More Effective Gum Disease Treatment

Patient Getting Dental WorkAt Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, Dr. Daniel Lauer is dedicated to offering the most innovative and proven solutions available. Among our collection of advanced periodontal technology is the new micro-IDent®plus11 by HAIN Lifescience. This state-of-the-art system is utilized to identify the specific type of bacteria that is living in a patient’s periodontal pockets–the area of separation between the tooth and the inflamed gum tissue. This bacteria is one of the main causes of periodontal disease, and by finding the exact type present, Dr. Lauer can find the most effective method of antibiotic therapy.

The micro-IDent®plus11 is a non-invasive diagnostic process that involves taking a bacterial sample and sending it for analysis to determine the best form of treatment. When a patient comes in for their exam, Dr. Lauer will guide the sterile, cone-shaped paper point into the periodontal pocket, which gathers the specimen. Once this has been done, he sends the sample to be analyzed, which allows the bacteria to be cultured and studied. The test results will pinpoint the exact type of bacteria that is present in the particular patient. Based on this information, Dr. Lauer can utilize the most appropriate antibiotic for disease therapy.

Although the micro-IDent®plus11 is a relatively new offering, Dr. Lauer has found it to severely reduce or even eliminate the presence of bacteria, creating a higher treatment success rate and significantly reducing the rate of disease relapse. For more information about the new technology, or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Lauer, please contact us today.

The Importance of Periodontics for Chemotherapy Patients

80s-momAccording to Dr. Daniel Lauer, “The mouth is the entrance to the body.” While it is important to preserve oral health to protect one’s overall systemic health, this need becomes much more urgent for patients who are undergoing chemotherapy cancer treatment.

Our experienced periodontist recognizes, however, that most patients who learn they need chemotherapy do not have time to treat their oral concerns prior to cancer therapy, noting that people diagnosed with cancer must often begin treatment immediately. As a result, he stresses the need for chemotherapy patients to see a specialist as soon as possible to help prevent and control oral infections like gum disease.

Having treated numerous chemotherapy patients over the years, Dr. Lauer notes how the mouth can be severely deteriorated from lack of care prior to a diagnosis such as lung cancer. Once patients have begun chemotherapy, problems like gum bleeding can increase due to issues with blood clotting. As a result, he stresses the importance of seeing a specialist for oral care, since chemotherapy patients cannot always fight infection or heal properly.

Dr. Lauer does his best to alter dental treatments based on a patient’s cancer treatment, working closely with their oncologist to do so. He meets with patients to discuss their options and to establish the best treatment plan for getting them back to good oral health. Afterall, improving the condition of the mouth is one of the first steps in achieving a healthy body.

If you have any questions, or wish to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lauer, please contact Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry.

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