The Silent Killer … Of Your Smile

You may have periodontal disease and not even know it.

We’re not trying to scare you, but … millions of people have this severe condition, also known as gum disease and the “Silent Killer,” and don’t have a clue. If left untreated, it can lead to serious health conditions.

That’s why you can trust us – your dental health professionals at Park Ridge Dental Health Associates – to spot the signs and recommend the right treatment to protect your smile and overall health. We have an in-house periodontist who knows what to look for … and how to care for you.

What causes gum disease? Scientists have devoted many years to determining the cause. Dental professionals now agree that different forms of dental plaque are to blame. You can develop gum disease when bacteria in plaque (a clear and sticky form of bacteria) accumulates between your gums and teeth.

If you develop gum disease … you probably won’t exhibit any symptoms early on. However, as it evolves over time, you will likely experience swollen, tender and/or bleeding gums. An unpleasant taste in your mouth is possible and other symptoms include receding gums, loose teeth, and sores inside your mouth.

So just how serious can it be, you might be wondering. An infection can do a lot more damage than just cause inflamed gums, it can ruin the structures that support your upper teeth in your jawbone. Teeth become so loose that they need to be removed. Evidence supports a strong link between gum disease and other medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, oral cancer, and even Alzheimer's.

We believe the best preventive measure is to brush and floss regularly … and come see us for your checkups! Together, it’s possible to prevent – and even reverse – gum disease.

If you’re showing signs of gum disease, give us a call right away. Our experienced periodontist will take a close look at your teeth and gums, as well as plaque level, bone structure, and check for any risk factors. If there’s anything you should be doing differently to keep your smile healthy, we’ll let you know exactly what that is. Then you can smile with confidence, knowing that you’ve taken all the right steps to preserve your smile and stay healthy. Contact us today!