Understanding the Role Your Gums Play in a Healthy Smile

Protect Your Smile with Periodontal TreatmentWhen you think of a healthy smile, do you immediately envision beautiful white teeth? If so, you’re not alone. In their pursuit of oral health, many people focus their attention on their teeth. Unfortunately this can sometimes do them a disservice. That is because teeth are only one half of the equation to a healthy smile. You also need healthy gum tissue! Even if your teeth look and feel healthy, it is possible your gums could be in poor health, which could threaten your overall smile and might have a negative impact on your overall health as well. To prevent this, it’s important to understand how you can best prevent gum disease and keep your gums and teeth in great health!

When Was Your Last Dental Checkup?

Much like cavity prevention, preventing gum disease is best accomplished through a combination of diligent dental hygiene including daily flossing, regular preventive exams and cleanings, and a healthy diet.

Simply flossing, in addition to brushing, can drastically reduce the amount of plaque that buildups between dental visits. Yet even seemingly healthy smiles can benefit from regular cleanings.

If it has been more than six months since you last visited the dentist, you are already overdue for a checkup and preventive cleaning. If you have been experiencing common symptoms of gum disease or cavities, it is especially important that you schedule a visit as soon as possible. That is because most dental issues can only be resolved through restorative dentistry, including inflammation of the gums which can be improved through periodontal treatment.

How Can a Dentist Help Treat Gingivitis?

In some cases, a thorough dental cleaning may be sufficient to reverse the symptoms of gum disease. However, in many cases, periodontal treatment such as ultrasonic scaling may be necessary. This procedure is slightly more invasive than a traditional cleaning, but it can help to remove hard deposits of bacteria that a traditional cleaning may not be able to adequately address.

Call Our Dental Office in Norridge, IL, Today!

At our office, we believe that every patient deserves our complete and undivided attention every time they visit us. To us, customized dental care is about more than the treatment you receive, it also includes the time we take to get to know you personally. Your smile is unique, as are your dental health concerns, and we’ll strive to create a long-term dental care plan that’s tailored to your needs and goals. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Elizabeth Mischenko, call our dental office in Norridge, IL, today at 708-453-5320. We have flexible office hours, including evenings, and we always have someone available to answer the phone!

A healthy smile can mean improved overall health as well. We understand how your oral health connects to the rest of you, and strive to offer a variety of dental treatments. Working with our team, Dr. Mischenko can help you enjoy a more beautiful and healthy smile. Whether you need preventive, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry, we can offer a conservative and personalized approach to dental care.