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Gum Disease Goes Beyond Your Mouth

When is the last time you really gave any thought to your gums, or to your overall oral health? What happens in your mouth can affect the rest of your body – for better or worse.

According to a study by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Periodontology, the prevalence of gum disease in the United States has been underestimated by as much as 50 percent. If you’re scared of pain or the amount of time it might take to treat your dental issues, don’t just allow your mouth to fall into greater disrepair.

Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the gums and structures that support your teeth. However, if left untreated, gum disease can wreak havoc on your entire body – the same study found that diabetes, heart disease, and even rheumatoid arthritis can develop because of periodontal disease that has been left to fester.

While cosmetic dentistry, by definition, may focus on the appearance of your teeth and smile, at Houston’s Smile Texas we are invested in your complete oral health and well-being. Dental implants and porcelain bridges and crowns cannot be placed in an unhealthy jawbone or diseased gums – we treat each patient from start to finish, whatever the state of your teeth and gums. We offer sedation dentistry that allows us to quickly and successfully treat even the most complicated oral health problems and can perform multiple dental procedures in one visit to give you the ultimate smile makeover – a healthy, natural grin.

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