Welcome to Horton & Vranas D.D.S.
We believe the very best dental care begins with caring about people, and that is why for over 30 years, Dr. Michele Shely Horton and Dr. Ellena Kontos Vranas have been providing families of St. Charles, Campton Hills, Geneva, South Elgin, Batavia, and the entire Fox Valley area with the best that dentistry has to offer.
As St. Charles’ premier family dental practice we combine the latest technologies and techniques in order to provide comprehensive care in a modern, state-of-the-art, comfortable environment with a passion for taking care of you, not just your teeth.
Ready to schedule a consultation? Call us at St. Charles Office Phone Number 630-377-1010
Drs. Horton and Vranas and their team are dedicated to the highest standard of excellence and extraordinary service in order to help you achieve and maintain optimal dental health for a lifetime, restore problem areas, and cosmetically enhance the appearance of your smile. Dr. Horton and Dr. Vranas are both Fellows of the Academy of General Dentistry in St. Charles, IL.
Brushing and flossing are important for more than just a pretty smile
Taking care of those pearly whites can affect the health of gums, as well, which serve as anchors to the teeth. Not performing daily cleaning can result in periodontal disease, an infection of the gums that, over time, could result in tooth loss from deterioration of bone and tissue that hold the teeth in place, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
Though serious, periodontal disease is not uncommon. It affects millions of people. In fact, adults over the age of 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases than from cavities, and three out of four adults are affected at some point in their life.
Periodontal disease, like tooth decay, is caused by bacterial plaque, the primary cause of gum disease in genetically susceptible individuals. Plaque is a colorless film which sticks to your teeth at the gum line. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth from bacteria, mucus and food particles. If not carefully removed by daily brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into a rough, porous substance known as calculus, or tartar.
Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease that can usually be reversed with daily brushing and flossing, and regular cleanings by a dentist or dental hygienist.
The latest research demonstrates a link between periodontal disease and chronic infections, cardiovascular diseases, low-birth weight babies, diabetes and other systemic disorders. Without good periodontal health, there cannot be good general health.
Patients with periodontal disease require more frequent professional cleanings. Regular visits to your dentist are important in maintaining healthy gums and to prevent tooth loss.