Gum Disease: Bad for Your Smile & Your Body
Gum disease is a chronic inflammatory condition. It begins in a rather stealthy manner, often without you even knowing it. Uncontrolled gum disease can have a devastating impact on your smile and your overall health. St. Charles MO dentist Dr. Jeffrey Smith is diligent in helping our patients prevent and counteract the effects of gum disease. He offers targeted treatments to combat gum disease and keep you smiling.
Gum Disease: The Facts
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that half of all adult Americans over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. For many, it’s gingivitis, which is curable with proper treatment and diligent home care. Others aren’t so lucky – they have more advanced gum disease. In its worst form, called periodontitis, gum disease can cause gum, tooth, and bone loss. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the country.
When plaque isn’t effectively removed, it can damage teeth and gums. The acids and toxins produced by plaque are harmful to your smile. When plaque hardens into tartar, it does even more damage. The bacteria associated with gum disease can travel throughout the body. Gum disease has been linked with osteoporosis, diabetes complications, premature birth, heart disease, stroke, lung problems, dementia, and more.
At our St. Charles MO office, Dr. Smith performs comprehensive evaluations of periodontal (gum) health. Our hygienist performs thorough dental cleanings to remove tartar and promote gum health. We can provide tips on preventing gum disease, as well as treatment recommendations to deter the damage caused by this condition. A range of treatment non-surgical treatments are available, and the doctor will work with you to determine the optimal solution for your unique situation.
Make an Appointment Today
Call our office today to schedule an appointment with St. Charles MO dentist Dr. Smith and keep your smile – and your body – healthy and strong.