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Healthy smiles are a combination of healthy teeth and gums. You may not know this, but one of the biggest factors in adult tooth loss is gum disease (or periodontal disease). The problem is that you may not even be aware that you have gum disease unless you see your dentist regularly because it can often be painless. Signs that you may have it include swollen or red, tender gums, bleeding gums, loose teeth, persistent bad breath and receding gums.

To determine the cause of gum disease, look no further than plaque–a sticky, bacterial film that forms every day in your mouth. This is precisely why you want to brush and floss. Daily attention removes plaque and prevents it from hardening into tartar. Once plaque hardens, you will need to have it professionally removed by one of our dentists, Drs. Nourahmadi, Rivera, Waheed and Kim.

One of the biggest reasons why you shouldn’t skip scheduled dental visits is that preventing periodontal degeneration can be as easy as detecting it early. In fact, at this stage, it is often reversible. Treatment would include stepping up your oral hygiene routine–brushing at least twice each day and flossing at least once–followed by a professional dental cleaning.

As you can see, a healthy smile is derived from both healthy teeth and gums. If you need to schedule a visit with our team, please call 630-972-4010 today at Shining Smiles LLC in Bolingbrook, Franklin Park, Joliet, Naperville, Plainfield, Riverside, and Wheaton, Illinois. We have three locations and a mobile unit for those patients who need our services but cannot travel to one of our offices. Drs. Nourahmadi, Rivera, Waheed and Kim want to help you reach all of your smile goals!