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September is National Gum Care Awareness Month

A woman points to lack of gum care on gums

Brush up on Gum Disease, Improve Gum Care

Brush up on gum disease just in time for National Gum Care Awareness Month in September. According to a study quoted on the National Center for Disease Control (CDC) website, “nearly half (46%) of all adults aged 30 years or older show signs of gum disease; severe gum disease affects about 9% of adults.” 

Does that seem high to you? It doesn’t surprise us at all. Gum disease can sneak up on you because it can be hard to notice if you don’t know what you’re looking for. We can help with that.

The Basics of Gum Disease

Gum disease is a bacterial infection in the gums, also called gingiva (that’s Latin) which is the tissue in your jaw that forms the base for your teeth. The mild form of gum disease is called Gingivitis, while the advanced or acute form is called periodontitis.

Gum Disease Symptoms

You can tell your gums are probably healthy when they both look and feel healthy. Healthy-looking gums are pale pink, firm, and closely fitted to your teeth. The easiest clue that something is wrong is if they bleed when you brush or floss. And while you might not notice how healthy gums feel, you’ll definitely notice how they feel if they’re not healthy, because they’re probably puffy or sore.

Talk to us right away if you notice discomfort or bleeding during your normal oral care routine because you might have gingivitis. We can help you nip gum disease in the bud and avoid bigger problems down the line.

Signs that the gum disease might be progressing beyond gingivitis to periodontitis or even advanced periodontitis include:

  1. It hurts to chew
  2. Your gums look dark red or even purple
  3. They start bleeding more
  4. You notice that they feel tender
  5. You find pus between your gums and teeth
  6. You’ve got chronic bad breath
  7. You see your gums receding 
  8. There’s more space between your teeth
  9. Your teeth are loosening or falling out
  10. You notice your bite changing or not fitting right

Gum Care: The Impact of Gum Disease

Discomfort, pain, and appearance changes are the most obvious, immediate effects of gum disease, but it also means trouble for your oral and overall health. Without proper preventative maintenance and addressing the issue, it can lead to cavities, root canals, tooth loss, and even bone deterioration. Furthermore, many studies show links between gum disease and other serious chronic illnesses like heart disease and autoimmune conditions. That’s a lot of reasons to be aware and pay close attention!

Causes, Prevention, and Treatment of Gum Disease

The causes of gum disease are exactly what we’re always telling you to avoid – plaque and tartar! Plaque forms daily as the normal bacteria in your mouth interact with the food you eat. Tartar forms as the plaque gets harder and continues to build up on your teeth. 

A man smiles to exhibit healthy gum care.
Semiannual dental cleanings and checkups are essential to healthy gum care as they reinforce the work you do daily to remove any tartar buildup.

That’s exactly why it’s so important to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Your semiannual dental cleanings and checkups reinforce the work you do daily, removing any tartar that has built up, identifying and treating any gum disease or other issues that may have arisen since your last visit.

Treatment depends on your specific situation, including the severity of the gum disease and other individual factors. It can include various forms of deep cleaning, some medications, and even surgeries.

Our goal is for you not to get to that point! If you’re doing your job and we’re doing ours, we can prevent the progression of gum disease in most cases.

So now you know! You can recognize National Gum Care Awareness Month with a self-inspection, a refresh of your oral hygiene routine, and maybe even a visit to see us! 

We look forward to your next preventative visit and welcome you anytime you need us. To schedule your visit now, complete our contact form, or call our office at (815) 886-0875.




Selena Nunez
Selena Nunez
October 22, 2022.

Hands down the best dental office to receive your dental and cosmetic needs. The staff is always very friendly and welcoming. It’s also so nice knowing that they have 3 amazing doctors on staff who know their craft. No matter which provider you see, you just know you’re in great hands. My last visit was with Dr. Sheikh for Botox. She’s very thorough and has a keen eye for detail. I’m two weeks out from my Botox treatment and let me just say, my skin has never felt so smooth or looked as radiant as it does now. Always a pleasure visiting Dr. Sheikh!

Victoria esposito
Victoria esposito
October 2, 2022.

Please look no further! This entire office has their act together. I’ve been seeing Dr Sheikh and she is so patient and gentle.She is also a perfectionist and listens to your concerns and delivers options. I’ve also seen Dr Nina and Dr Patel and certainly no complaints with either of them. I’ve had 3 crowns and numerous fillings and no problems with any of the work. Thanks for building my complete confidence!

Nancy Sauer
Nancy Sauer
September 29, 2022.

Today I had a great visit at Romeoville Dental! Anna and Jaime are wonderful, and so is Dr. Nina. The desk staff are very welcoming. It's always so enjoyable to come here.

Daniel Gonzalez
Daniel Gonzalez
September 28, 2022.

Excelente servicio

Neshelle Baker
Neshelle Baker
September 25, 2022.

I love Romeoville Dental Center! I’ve been here about 4 times and had a different hygienist and dentist each time. The entire team is amazing, every single person has always been caring, gentle and friendly. I highly recommend.

Gianna Munoz
Gianna Munoz
September 24, 2022.

By far the best dentist office I’ve been to. I love the patient care and the whole staff.

Phyllis Lanphear
Phyllis Lanphear
September 24, 2022.

The office staff and dentists are just awesome!! They take time to talk with you and make you feel so comfortable.