Did you know that bacteria can hide in the tissue under your gums where traditional cleaning cannot reach?  Fortunately, advancements in technology have made possible a procedure called LBR to combat this untouched source of infection.  We offer this treatment with every cleaning appointment at Oakridge Dental Center.


What is LBR?

LBR stands for Laser Bacterial Reduction, which uses laser light for the most effective method of reducing the bacteria that lives in the pockets around your teeth.  Without proper reduction, these bacteria can lead to infections that cause Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease.

LBR is completely painless, and only takes approximately 5-10 minutes.  We typically perform this procedure just prior to your cleaning.  It can be done on someone of any age or health level.


Why is LBR better than just traditional cleaning?

Bacteria persist by migrating beneath the gums and into the underlying tissue.  Where traditional cleaning is limited to the removal of surface deposits in the pockets of your mouth, a laser can extend beneath the tissue to disrupt and remove bacterium. The painless heat of the laser thermally dehydrates the biofilms.  Since dehydration is lethal to bacteria, the potential for infection and gum detachment is significantly decreased.

Additional benefits of LBR

Lurking bacterium has the added danger of cross contamination, which spreads infection to other areas of our mouths.  Bacteria can even make their way into our bloodstream, plaguing other areas of our bodies with oral pathogens.  Laser bacterial reduction is the best way to protect against infection and sickness caused by the spread of bacteria.

How do I start?

In keeping with our commitment to provide our patients with complete health dentistry, Oakridge Dental Center offers LBR procedures.  We recommend laser bacterial reduction at your regularly scheduled cleaning appointments.  Because it is painless and quick, it is easy to begin and LBR regimen right away.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this procedure.  Call us today at 248-652-1100.