Gum disease is a progressive condition that, left unchecked, can result in the loss of some or even all of your teeth. It is also a treatable condition, at Mantis Dentistry & Implant Center in Wilmette.
Formally called periodontal disease, it attacks the tissue that support your teeth. In its milder form it is called gingivitis. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, three of every four adults in the United States have some stage of gum disease.
The Good News
As foreboding as this may sound, the news isn’t all bad. Gum disease is completely preventable with regular brushing and flossing, and regular dental checkups.
Gum disease is caused by plaque, that filmy stuff that forms on teeth. Plaque is loaded with the bacteria that causes gum disease. Daily brushing and flossing removes most of it. The plaque in hard-to-reach places hardens into tartar, which can only be removed by a professional cleaning. That’s what makes regular checkups so important.
At Mantis Dentistry & Implant Center in Wilmette, we treat gum disease. People from North Shore, Evanston, Winnetka, and Kenilworth also come to our practice for general and preventive dentistry. Call to schedule your next appointment today!