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Why You Should Take Care Of Your Gums

Did you know that at Smile Glen Ellyn, we specialize in helping Illinois families raise cavity-free children?

True story.

Because of all the advancements in technology, we believe that soon it may even be possible to eliminate tooth decay altogether in the children of this community.

This means that any unpleasant dental experiences that you might have endured as a youth are not what you should expect for your children.

When you come in for your regular checkups, we will make sure you are aware of the specific ways you can help prevent tooth decay and tooth loss for your child.

One way to promote tooth retention is to take care of your gums.

How Do My Gums Affect My Smile?

Your gums play an important role in protecting the roots of your teeth and, along with your bone and other soft tissues, they provide the structure that supports and keeps your teeth in place.

Things can start to go wrong with your gums when the bacteria present in plaque causes an inflammation that is part of a condition called gingivitis.

Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. If it goes untreated, you will soon be dealing with periodontal disease, an advanced form of gum disease that causes swelling, bleeding, tenderness, and worse.

How Does Gum Disease Work?

This disease is quite unpleasant. It attacks your gums (and bone) though not the actual teeth themselves.

Don’t think that your teeth will be spared, however.

Without any support structure, your teeth will soon exit the scene anyway.

As you can imagine, this is a traumatic experience to go through at any age.

Gum Disease Doesn’t Stay Put

Your mouth will be ravaged by periodontal disease and your smile will suffer greatly.

Then the bacteria from the gum disease will likely get into your bloodstream and respiratory system, causing even more damage to your health.

There seems to be a link between gum disease, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

That should be reason enough to take care of your gums!

Smile Glen Ellyn Can Help

Without a doubt, gum disease and all the related consequences are horrible.

Yet, what you need to remember is that this condition is very preventable (and, if need be, treatable).

You can keep bacteria and plaque on the run by brushing, flossing, and rinsing with a mouthwash on a daily basis. But you will also need to visit our office regularly.

Your six month cleanings and exams at Smile Glen Ellyn are essential to preventing gum disease and other such irregularities.

This is because these checkups will allow our team to professionally clean your teeth and gums and closely monitor any issues that might be causes for concern.

Trust us, it is better to stay on top of whatever is going on inside your mouth.

Come See What Smile Glen Ellyn Can Do For Your Family

We offer general family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, sedation dentistry, Invisalign clear braces and much more.

Call 630-858-8800 or click here today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gibbs.

We look forward to keeping you and your family smiling for years to come!

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