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…concerned about your health?
…interested in preventing disease and decay?
…searching for an awesome dentist in Northwest Indiana?
Then you’ve come to the right place! We have offices in both St. John, IN and Valparaiso, IN that strive to keep your mouth healthy and your smile looking great!
Today we want to talk about preventive dentistry as it relates to gum disease. This dangerous condition can quickly destroy your smile and your body’s crucial systems, if you aren’t mindful of the situation in your mouth!
Gum Disease Is Sneaky
Gum disease is a stealthy bacterial infection that is unleashed when plaque slips below your gum-line. It will soon cause swelling, bleeding, tenderness, and so forth as it progresses from simple gingivitis to periodontal disease. This aggressive condition will eventually attack your gums and the bone that supports your teeth, though not the teeth themselves. That will be a small consolation because without support, your teeth will soon begin to fall out and you will be left looking for implants or some other replacement.
Sounds like a real dental nightmare, right? But wait, it won’t end there. That’s because gum disease will spread beyond well your mouth. Sure, your gums, soft tissues, teeth, and bone will be the first to be assaulted, but the rest of your body will also suffer from this infection. How can that be? Recent studies have indicated that the bacteria that causes gum disease is also tied to many life-threatening illnesses.
Heartaches By The Score
You won’t be safe for long. Once the bacteria from the gum disease begins floating through your bloodstream, it can cause clots to form, lead to heart disease, and possibly result in a heart attack.
The C Word
Did you know that gum disease is also linked with several vicious types of cancer? There is even a connection with pancreatic cancer, which is generally caught late in the game and is fairly difficult to treat.
Fair warning: if you are diabetic, you will need to take extra good care of your teeth in order to avoid gum disease since it can make it tough to keep blood sugar levels under control.
If your blood sugar levels become out of whack, your immune system gets thrown off balance too, which allows gum disease to continue spreading throughout your body making your life a living hell.
Make Your Own Life Better With Help From Us
It’s true that there are some truly ghastly things that can develop from gum disease, the good news is that all of these are more or less preventable. But it is up to you to change your fate and keep your life on the good road.
You have your part to play in all of this. That said, if you are brushing and flossing as you should, and visiting the Creating Smiles offices for a checkup every 6 months, you won’t have an awful lot to worry about.
That’s because our professional teeth cleanings can take your health to the next level by building on your excellent home hygiene practices. This will help to more completely eradicate any tartar and plaque that seek to devour your mouth. Plus, our thorough dental exams will allow us to detect and treat problems before they grow to become more expensive and painful to address.
Take The Next Step Today!
We hope that you will be inspired by today’s blog post to maintain a healthy mouth and happy smile! Contact us right away to schedule your preventive appointment in our Northwest Indiana dental offices.