As part of our services at Tamal Vista Family Dentistry, laser treatment is added to your hygiene appointment at no charge when the hygienist feels it will benefit your overall health. All of our hygienists have been trained in using dental lasers to assist with the treatment of fighting periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection around the teeth in the gums. Antibiotic rinses can help fight periodontal disease, but since some bacteria can develop resistance to antibiotics, it’s not always enough. Lasers are a great new tool to help fight periodontitis more effectively because bacteria can’t develop resistance to lasers. The lasers used for dental cleanings are a precise energy of light that will kill bacteria in the gum pockets, but not strong enough to cause damage to the teeth or bone tissue.