Elmhurst Gum Disease Dentist Warns Patients About the Dangers of Untreated Periodontal Disease

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Mar 8, 2013

Are you doing everything you can to keep your teeth in tip-top shape? You may be brushing regularly, even whitening with cosmetic products, but are you paying enough attention to your gum tissue? Few patients are, which is why our Elmhurst dentists have put together this article about the importance of gum health. With diligent and proactive care, you can keep the foundation of your smile strong and beautiful. Read on to learn what we mean…

Your gum tissue is the foundation of your smile. When your gum tissue is damaged due to gum disease it can cause your teeth to weaken, and even your bone tissue to deteriorate. Gum disease silently destroys oral health—this disease can go undiagnosed and untreated for years, because it’s often asymptomatic. It’s critical, therefore, to see a professional dentist regularly so that they can monitor you for periodontal disease.

Gum disease not only weakens dental enamel, it also causes inflammation of the oral tissues. Chronic inflammation wreaks havoc on your oral health and your overall wellbeing. This is why untreated periodontal disease has been linked to a host of chronic illnesses, including:

· Diabetes

· Heart disease

· High cholesterol

· Hardened arteries

· Stroke

To keep your mouth healthy, and to minimize your risk of chronic whole-body illnesses, you should take care of your gums at home and in the dentist’s office. Clear bacteria and plaque off of your gum tissue—using gentle tools like floss and a soft toothbrush, so as not to injure your gums. An antibacterial mouth rinse may boost your gum health as well.

When you prioritize your gum health you lay the foundation for a healthy smile, long-term. Talk to our Elmhurst dentists about what you can do day to day for your gum tissue. We help patients get the periodontal treatment they need and avoid gum problems with preventative dentistry.