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While most people think of teeth when they think of oral health, the gums play an equally important role in the overall health of your mouth. In fact, research points to the gums having an impact on not only our oral health, but our overall health as well. As one of the top cosmetic dentists in Chicago, Il and surrounding areas, we want to emphasize the importance of your gum health.

The Role of Your Gums

You can think of your gums as the foundation of health for your mouth. Damage to your gums will ultimately result in damage to your mouth as a whole if the issues go untreated. For example, if you notice that your gums are particularly sore and puffy but you don’t schedule an appointment to get them checked, it may result in tooth decay and bone loss.

Your gums are an interconnected part of your body that impacts more than just your mouth. For example, it’s also important to note that inflammation in your gums may trigger inflammation in other parts of your body. Research shows that there is also a connection between gum disease and other health issues such as lung cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and stroke.

Caring for Your Gums

While you learned the basics of dental care years ago, a quick refresher is always helpful. Make sure to use a soft, ADA-approved toothbrush. Softer toothbrushes are gentler on the gums and can even reach under the gumline better than harder-bristled brushes. Sweep the brush in circular motions and be sure to last the full 2 minutes. Don’t forget to floss at least once a day, too.

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Visiting one of the top cosmetic dentists in Chicago, Il can help you stay on top of progressing problems. If you have further questions about your gum health, please get in touch with our team at Chicago Beautiful Smiles today.

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I have been going to this practice for several years now. I seemingly never have to wait when I arrive at the office and they are all very professional. Dr. Hartlieb and Dr. Ching have been terrific. In addition to doing great dental work, each has a great rapport with their patients. All of their assistants have been top notch as well.

- Neil H.

I recently met with Dr. Ching to have some dental work done, and had an exceptional experience at this office! I usually hate going to the dentist, but this experience was different–this office is hands-down, THE nicest dental facilitiy I have ever seen.

- Shaun F.

This dental office is something I haven’t seen before. I had many past dental experiences at other dental offices (unfortunately not good) and finally I found Chicago Beautiful Smiles. Dr. Hartlieb had helped me restore my teeth to a beautiful smile.

- Natasa R.

I am a loyal patient for over (yikes!) 20 years because I appreciate the time, skill and patience of the entire team. As proof of my gratitude, I live in the city and reverse commute every six months for my appointment.

- Dennis H.

Dr. Hartlieb is by far the best dentist I have ever been to. He has transformed my smile into something of beauty. In fact, many people comment on how beautiful my teeth are who do not even know that I have had major dental work performed. I used to never want to smile that large before, but now I smile as big as possible when photographed.

- Fran L.

I always have a great experience when I go to Chicago Beautiful Smiles. The staff is amazing and Dr. Hartlieb and Dr. Ching are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The facility is incredible and I feel like I’m being treated with the best technology in the dental industry. Go to Chicago Beautiful Smiles for a consultation and I guarantee you will go back time and time again. It does not get any better in the Chicago area.

- Antonio S.

I had a great experience with Dr. Ching – very professional and thorough in his craft. I had been seeing my previous dentist for the past 15 years; however, I am ready to make the permanent switch to Chicago Beautiful Smiles. Dr. Ching is great at explaining the procedures he was performing and made my visit comfortable.

- Brian M.

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