1007 W. Jefferson Street, Shorewood, IL 60404, (815) 730-0900

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1007 W. Jefferson Street
Shorewood, IL 60404
Near Interstates 55 & 80

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Conveniently located southwest of Chicago, IL

Office Hours
Mon-Thurs: 8am - 5pm

Phone: (815) 730-0900
Fax: (815) 730-0955
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Why good dental health is important

It’s easy to take your teeth for granted unless you lose one of them. That’s when you’d realize that you might not enjoy chewing food as much. Teeth are the strongest part of the human body and they are meant to last a lifetime. Tooth loss can occur due to cavities (caries), gum disease (periodontal disease), or trauma.

Tooth Decay

When your teeth are constantly exposed to carbohydrate rich foods such as sweets, snack foods and soft drinks, deposits form. These deposits bond with bacteria forming plaque. Bacterial plaque releases acids that damages the mineral structure of teeth resulting in tooth decay.

Gum Disease

The build up of bacterial plaque can lead to an infection of the gums that can destroy bone and other tissues that support the teeth. In the early stages of gum disease (gingivitis), your gums may become red or swollen, and may even bleed. In time, your gums can separate from your teeth and deep spaces called pockets can form. Bacteria then collect in these pockets, and their toxins cause inflammation of the gums, which can destroy the bone that anchors your teeth. If the disease is left untreated, your teeth may eventually become loose, fall out, or need to be removed by a dentist. Research suggests there may be a link between gum disease and other health problems. There is evidence that bacteria in the mouth, which are associated with gum disease, may be linked to heart disease, artery blockage, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, pre-term delivery and low-birth rate babies.

Prevention

In most cases, cavities and gum disease can be prevented with good daily oral hygiene and regular professional care. To keep your teeth and gums healthy, brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day. Use toothpaste with fluoride to help prevent cavities. Clean thoroughly between your teeth at least once a day with floss to prevent gum disease.