CERRITOS, CA--(Marketwire - Jan 19, 2012) - For Americans, the month of February is synonymous with Valentine's Day, but unbeknownst to most people, February is also Dental Health Month. Perhaps, it's because there's lots of smooching going on. However, smooching has been shown to be a pathway for gum disease transmission between smoochers!

That's why the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry (IALD) is establishing Gum Disease Awareness Week (February 19-25).

Most dental professionals know something that the average American doesn't: Mounting university research points to gum disease as a possible precursor to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, some cancers and even stillbirths.

The IALD (www.theiald.com), whose professional members practice in 49 states, as well as in Japan, Canada, Australia, Dubai, Brazil and Switzerland are united in educating the public about gum disease and simple, non-surgical treatment options.

For those people, who have the symptoms of gum disease -- bleeding gums, loose teeth, or continual bad breath -- there's a FDA-cleared alternative to the painful "cut and suture" traditional surgery. Called the LANAP® protocol (www.LANAP.com), this patient-friendly laser procedure has been performed on tens of thousands of people for more than thirteen years with positive results.

Dr. Lloyd V. Tilt, DDS MS, Ogden, Utah says, "As a periodontist, I have found the LANAP protocol to be a superb treatment option for patients. I've seen consistently excellent results with this minimally invasive procedure."

Rochester, NY periodontist Dr. Suresh Goel, explains, "The LANAP protocol allows my practice to serve those who are greatest in need without the discomfort and expense often associated with traditional periodontal surgery."

You can make a powerful difference in the health of your viewers/readers by calling their attention to this important and completely treatable health threat.

ABOUT THE IALD: The Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry is a nationally recognized lecture and clinical training continuing education (CE) organization dedicated to research, practice and teach advanced laser dentistry therapies. Formed in 1999 by dentists Robert H. Gregg and Delwin McCarthy, the IALD offers both actual and practical live-patient clinical training to dental practitioners in the use of dental lasers, supported with pertinent documentation and content. For more information, visit www.theiald.com.

Editor's Note: Media can make a powerful difference in the health of viewers/readers by calling attention to this important and completely treatable health threat.

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