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The American Dental Association estimates that nearly 47% of Americans over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. While seniors are at a higher risk of periodontal health problems gum disease can occur at any age.

Gum disease often starts out as gingivitis. This can cause your gums to appear red or inflamed gums, and they might also tend to bleed easily during brushing and flossing. Many people with gum health issues also struggle with chronic bad breath.

Without professional diagnosis and treatment at Dr. Milad ’s dental office, gum disease can gradually progress into the serious periodontal infection which is known as periodontitis.

This level of periodontal infection can cause your gum tissues to pull back from the base of your teeth forming pockets of infection in the dental sockets. This can eventual lead to a loss of structure in the bones that anchor your teeth in your mouth.

Ongoing research has also found a relationship between periodontitis and other medical conditions like diabetes, increased risk of stroke, and heart disease. While it can’t cause these conditions, gum disease can heighten symptoms and limit treatment options.

If you live in the Bolingbrook, Franklin Park, Joliet, Naperville, Plainfield, Riverside, and Wheaton, Illinois, area and you suspect you have periodontal disease, you should call 630-972-4010 to seek treatment at Shining Smiles LLC.