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Keep Your Smile Healthy Keep Your Heart Healthy

If you aren’t taking good care of your teeth and gums, there’s more than just the health of your mouth at risk. Your oral health is directly related to the health of the rest of your body. In particular, periodontal disease has been directly related to heart disease and other ailments, making it imperative that you seek the assistance of a skilled DDS in Elgin, like Dr. Lodding, if you encounter signs of gum disease.

Approximately 75% of adult Americans have some form of gum disease, and a majority of them don’t even know it. Untreated, gum disease leads to tooth loss, or the more severe periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease of the gum tissue, which may spread to other parts of the body over time. Heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and certain cancers have all been associated with periodontal disease.

Watch for the following signs, and report them to your DDS in Elgin as soon as possible:

  • Red, bleeding, or swollen gums
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pus on the gums
  • Pain anywhere in the mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Separating or loose teeth
  • Changes in bite or the fit of dentures
  • Tooth loss

The best way to fight gum disease is prevention; regular brushing and flossing, and consistent exams with your dentist and hygienist is a must. As your DDS in Elgin, St. Charles and Barrington, Dr. Lodding offers laser-assisted periodontal therapy as an advanced tool in dentistry to prevent and treat periodontal disease. For thorough, complete dental care, schedule your exam with Dr. Lodding, DDS for Elgin, St. Charles and Barrington.