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Preventing Gum Disease

Adults over the age of 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases than from cavities. At least three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal diseases is by daily, thorough toothbrushing and flossing techniques and regular professional examinations and cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people can still develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress.

Periodontal Disease & Tobacco

Most individuals are aware of the links between tobacco use and lung disease, cancer, and heart disease. Several studies have also linked periodontal disease with tobacco usage. One critical studies demonstrated that smokers are almost 3 times more likely to have periodontal disease than non-smokers. This same studied illustrated that genetically-susceptible smokers are almost 8 times more likely to have periodontal disease than non-smokers. Smokers also have a greater incidence of calculus formation on teeth, deeper pockets between gums and teeth, and a greater loss of the bone and fibers that hold teeth in your mouth.

Chemicals in tobacco such as nicotine and tar also slow down healing, create an environment in which bacteria associated with severe forms of periodontal disease can thrive, and the predictability of success following periodontal treatment. Quitting smoking can have innumerous benefits for your overall and periodontal health.

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South Loop Dental Specialists

850 South Wabash, Suite 240
Chicago, IL 60605