Healthy gums are pink without gaps above the tooth, or pockets where bacteria can lead to decay below the gumline. Keeping the gums healthy is a critical point in protecting against decay, receding gums, and infection.
The Problem: Gum Disease
Gum disease is a very prevalent condition for adults and children alike. The symptoms appear in various ways, including:
- Gums bleed when brushing
- Gums are red and swollen
- Teeth are loose in the jaw
- Bad breath
- Gums are receding, revealing some of the tooth root
- Painful gums
- Infections, toothaches
Gum Health Matters.
It has been established that gum health can affect overall body health. People with gum disease are at higher risk of developing heart problems, including risk of stroke. Gum disease has also been linked to diabetes and pre-term births.
To keep your gums health is a team effort! Not only should you ensure you brush and floss correctly, but you need to have a professional cleaning at least every six months. Those with current gum disease may require more frequent professional cleanings.
How We Treat Gum Disease
Modern dental treatments have made it possible to better resolve gum disease. If you are struggling with receding gums, bleeding gums, or other symptom, it is important that you take action as early as possible to avoid the need for root canal treatments or other more complex dental treatments to get your gums back into a healthy condition.
At Hillock Family Dentistry in Modesto, we offer the full scope of treatments for gum disease – including preventative care for adults and children.