August 25, 2017
Since our Belleville IL dental office opened many decades ago, our goal has been to provide elite dental care for every patient — regardless of their dental status. We didn’t care if they had great teeth or failing teeth, we wanted to provide a great experience.
Even though we are gentle and hassle-free, it can be difficult to get patients to make their dental care a priority. Dentistry is more comfortable and convenient than ever before. And we know more about the connection between your teeth and overall health than ever before.
You can discuss your smile goals and dental concerns during a regular cleanings and exams. Just give us a call at 618-219-1412 or use the online form to book a visit. Today we want to share some special facts about dentistry and your teeth that you probably do not know. So, here are 4 facts about how oral health that we hope give you a new perspective about dentistry.
- Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss
Gum disease claims more teeth than tooth decay or trauma. It’s a major problem that can spread quickly throughout the mouth if not caught early. Gum disease is so damaging because it can strike with little to no warning. The first signs of gum disease are bleeding gums or swollen gums. The early stages of the disease are curable, but the most serious form of gum disease —periodontitis — is not curable. You’ll need care for the rest of your life.
If left untreated, the infection will attack the gums and then reach the bone. A severe gum infection can actually cause the tooth to become loose in the socket.
- Gum disease is linked to harmful health problems
We told you above that gum disease was serious, and unfortunately, it can affect more than your mouth. Studies have shown that people with gum disease are more likely to have problems like heart disease and diabetes. While there is no proven two-way street known, all of these diseases are related to problems with plaque and inflammation.
- About 35 percent of your tooth is beneath the gum line.
A great at-home routine is your best defense against cavities and gum disease. That said, just brushing your teeth — even for the recommended two minutes at a time — isn’t enough. Floss needs to be part of your oral health routine. Only about 65 percent of the tooth is above the gums, and that means brushing will not clean the entire surface. To get the remaining portion of the tooth, you’ll need floss. Remember this statistic the next time you want to skip flossing.
- Tooth decay is the leading chronic disease in children
More so than flu, tooth decay is the leading chronic disease in children. There are millions of children struggling with tooth decay. It causes them to miss hours of class instruction, and it puts stress on the parents as well. It’s important that both baby teeth and permanent teeth remain cavity-free. Our Belleville dentists can help your children stay cavity-free by offering fluoride treatments and thorough dental exams and cleanings.
These are just a few things you need to know about the new age of dentistry. I hope you’ve found these tips helpful. We would love to help you achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile. Give us a call today at 618-219-1412.