Gum Health in Champaign ILIf you thought maintaining good oral health only benefitted your smile, you’re wrong.

It seems taking care of your smile, more specifically your gums, has far reaching effects for the rest of the body also.

A new study published by researchers at Columbia University in New York claims that improving your gum health may reduce heart risk.

The study, published in Journal of the American Heart Association, reported that when you improve your gum health, you slow the process of plaque build-up in arteries, which can decrease your risk for heart disease, stroke and death.

With this information, there’s little excuse to avoid scheduling a dentist appointment for periodontal cleaning. Fortunately, at W. Eric Martin DDS, we offer periodontal care for the entire family!

Our dentists, Drs. Eric Martin and Nick Sabbia, are highly trained and experienced in offering quality periodontal care. Our services in periodontal care include scaling and root planing and treatment of gum diseases.

Scaling and root planing in Champaign, IL

Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning of the root surfaces which removes plaque and calculus. This is the most effective way to treat and prevent gum diseases.

Because this cleaning reaches down to the roots of your teeth, our dentists may need to use local anesthesia to numb the gums and roots of your teeth. Minor soreness and tenderness is common after our scaling and root planing procedures.

What Causes Periodontal Diseases?

Over time, bacteria in our mouth builds up and forms “plaque” on the surface of our teeth. When plaque is not controlled through brushing and flossing, it can develop into tartar. Tartar can only be removed through professional cleanings by a dentist. When tartar is not removed, gum diseases can develop.

Many Americans suffer from various forms of gum disease. Gum diseases that aren’t treated can result in damage to tissue, bone and can also lead to lost teeth.

There are several factors that can increase a person’s risk of gum disease, including:

  • Smoking
  • Hormonal changes in women
  • Diabetes
  • Medications
  • Genetics

Don’t wait for healthy gums- visit our office at W. Eric Martin, DDS or call us at (217) 355-9997 to schedule your scaling and root planing appointment today!

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