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Combat Gum Disease with The Hills Family Dentistry

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At The Hills Family Dentistry in San Elijo Hills, CA, we are committed to ensuring your gums are as healthy as possible. Our skilled dental team is here to enhance your oral hygiene routine, making your visits for cleanings smooth and stress-free. Here's what you need to understand about maintaining healthy gums:

Understanding Periodontal Health

Periodontal health refers to the condition of your gums and the tissues that support your teeth. Healthy gums are firm, pink, and do not bleed easily, crucial for keeping teeth securely in place and preventing infections.

The Stages of Gum Disease

  • Gingivitis: This early stage can often be reversed with proper oral hygiene.
  • Periodontitis: A more advanced stage that causes damage to tissues and bone, assessed by measuring the depth of gum tissue and examining x-rays for bone loss around teeth.

Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease

  • Gingivitis: Includes symptoms such as bleeding, redness, and persistent bad breath.
  • Periodontitis: Characterized by receding gums, loosening teeth, deep gum pockets, and significant pain during oral care routines.

Risk Factors for Gum Disease

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Family history
  • Some medications
  • Hormonal changes

Protecting Your Smile

  • Brush and floss daily
  • Attend regular dental checkups
  • Quit smoking
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Manage any underlying health conditions

Early detection and proactive treatment are crucial to avoid serious complications. Don't hesitate to seek personalized advice from our dental team.

Beyond the Basics

  • Additional symptoms include sensitivity and pain when chewing.
  • Treatment options for periodontitis include deep cleanings, antibiotics, and osseous surgery with a periodontist.
  • Untreated periodontitis may increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Protect your smile and overall health by partnering with The Hills Family Dentistry. Contact us at (760) 798-7166 today.