Gum Disease Lafayette CO

The health of your gums plays an important role in your overall dental health, as well as your physical well-being. Healthy gums will support healthy, stable teeth and serve as a protective barrier against harmful bacteria that can enter the bloodstream and lead to inflammation and disease.

Preventive dental care plays an important role in maintaining healthy gums. During routine dental visits to our Lafayette, CO dentist office, Dr. Tracey Hughes will carefully screen for signs and symptoms of gum disease. When gum disease is caught in the early stages, conservative treatment can be easy, comfortable and cost effective. It is important to treat gum disease in its early stages to prevent progression to periodontitis, which is more difficult to treat.

gum disease treatment diagramWhat Causes Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease is a term that encompasses both gingivitis (gum disease) and periodontitis (disease of the gum, bone, and other supporting structures of the tooth). Gum disease is an an infection of the gums that hold your teeth in place due to plaque build-up that is caused by bad oral hygiene habits. Other contributing factors to gum disease may include teeth grinding, TMJ dysfunction, tobacco use, hormonal changes and poor nutrition. It is important to seek treatment for gum disease at our Lafayette, CO dentist office as soon as you see signs of gum disease.

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To learn more about how Dr. Hughes can treat your gum disease in the Lafayette, CO and Louisville, CO area, schedule an appointment today. Laser dentistry may be the solution to your periodontal concerns.

After an evaluation of your oral health and the condition of your gums, Dr. Hughes will recommend appropriate and necessary treatment for restoring healthy gums. Boulder Valley Dental Center provides advanced treatment options for addressing gum disease. Dr. Hughes is trained in the LANAP procedure and is one of few dentists in the state of Colorado offering this successful laser dentistry treatment for many of the symptoms and effects of gum disease.

LANAP® Laser Treatment: How It Works

This laser dentistry treatment known as LANAP® is highly successful because it targets only diseased tissue without harming the healthy surrounding tissue. This is accomplish because the laser wire used in the LANAP® laser treatment is very small allowing for precise contact with only the diseased gums. The extremely precise LANAP® laser wire will be inserted between the teeth and gums which will kill off existing harmful bacteria. This will stabilize the treated tissue with a blood clot and stimulate the natural regeneration of new, healthy tissue. Also, during the treatment at our Lafayette, CO area dentist office, Dr. Hughes will clear away built up plaque and tartar to create a healthy, stable environment for healing.


  • Red or swollen gums
  • Receding gums
  • Loose or shifted teeth
  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Changes in the fit of dentures
  • Sores in the mouth