About Gum Disease
The most common way adults lose teeth.
Do you really have to go to the dentist every six months?! For most children and adults, the unfortunate answer is yes. While our team understands that you have a busy life shepherding your kids to and from school, attending meetings, and enjoying those rare moments when you can fit in all your tasks in time to get a good night’s sleep–gum disease is just one of those things we adults often don’t have time for before it’s too late. But when approximately 80% of adults have a form of periodontal disease, or gum disease, it might seem normal to have irritated gums, chronic bad breath, or minor discomfort after brushing your teeth. But when gum disease is also highly responsible for most Americans losing at least one adult tooth after the age of 35, you’re going to want to take care of your health now, before it becomes an expensive, or painful problem.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease is the single most common cause of tooth loss in adults, and is often undetected when it first begins as gingivitis. Plaque, which forms as a colorless film of bacteria, hardens around the gum lines of the tooth to form tartar, causing the gums to pull away from the tooth and form pockets for the disease to reside in. These pockets can be impossible to clean without professional dental help, and over time can destroy the bone structure of your tooth or teeth, leading to tooth loss and the deterioration of your dental and overall health. Ask yourself and schedule an appointment with us if you think you may have one of the following symptoms of gum disease:
- Chronic bad breath
- Swollen, red or tender gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Painful chewing
- Teeth that look or feel loose
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums around the teeth
- Pus appearing between teeth
- Buildup of calculus or tartar
- Changes in your bite
Dental Technology At Its Finest
Elevating your level of care with high performing painless treatment
From air abrasion that treats cavities without the use of drills, to laser therapy that eliminates disease without traditional mechanical scraping or prodding, learn more about how our services take your expectations of the dentist to a whole new level.
Root Scaling and Planing
For a Deep Clean You Can Trust
Many things trigger gum disease, and sometimes they can’t be helped! Smoking, pregnancy, and even certain diseases such as diabetes, anemia, and leukemia may increase your chances for developing gum disease. Missing one or more teeth or having a poor or nutrient deficient diet may also result in the formation of gum disease. But whatever the reason may be, root planing and scaling is a treatment we use to gently eradicate the effects of gum disease on your teeth and help restore you back to a comfortable level of health. As a non-invasive treatment that carefully removes bacteria from the pockets around teeth, this treatment is also known as deep cleaning.
Your Appointment with Dr. Blacher
At Brett Blacher DDS, our office is always welcome to your questions and curiosity about how we can help you achieve your best level of dental health. While we recommend all of our patients to brush twice a day, floss, and even avoid sugary and sticky foods for a cleaner diet, we also understand the valuable need for patients to come in every six months. When you come in for your regular dental cleaning in Lombard, we’ll help you reach a level of clean that helps protect your teeth long term and supports the future of your dental health with us. Whether it’s been six months or a few years before your last dental visit, we welcome you to make an appointment with us by calling 630-916-0701, where your health is our priority.
“We provide the most conservative treatments possible to fix your dental problem and provide the best long term solution for your dental health and smile.”
At Brett Blacher DDS, dentistry isn’t just about repairing teeth--it’s about improving the long term health of every patient through care that is personal to each client. We talk to each patient as a person first, understanding their specific needs and helping them achieve a level of health they never thought was possible before, so they can enjoy their smiles for years to come with a dentist they can trust.