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Detect and treat periodontal problems at the beginning!

Does it Help to be Health Conscious?

Everyday, Americans are becoming more health conscious and more aware of their overall well  being.  They are advised to visit their primary doctor for regular physicals and their dentist for bi-annual cleanings.  However, a large percentage of Americans require some form of advanced dental care.  What is the reason that more Americans go more often to the dentist but the statistic of advanced gum disease is not lessening as of yet? Many of us have heard the term “periodontics”, but what does this really mean and who can benefit from utilizing this branch of dentistry?

Definition of Periodontics

Periodontics are defined as prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and the placement of dental implants.  When visiting a periodontist, he or she will examine the gums and check to see if there is any gum line recession.  Additionally, they will likely assesses how the teeth fit together while biting and check for any signs of teeth loosening. They will also utilize a small measuring instrument called a probe and place it between the teeth and gums to measure the depth of those spaces, known as periodontal pockets. This will help the periodontist assess the health of the teeth and gums. X-rays are also frequently taken to assess the health of the bone below the gum line. Expert periodontal treatment can significantly lower the chances of advanced gum disease and tooth loss.

Relationship between Periodontal Disease and Aging

Recent research shows that there is a direct relationship between periodontal disease and many other chronic diseases of aging.  In order to prevent these complications, call The Dental Specialists of Niles at (847) 685-6685 today or visit online at  They are Chicagoland’s first choice for dental and periodontic care.