Gum Disease

At Summerhills Dental Care in Citrus Heights, CA, our first priority is to help you keep your gums and your teeth healthy.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is the second most prevalent human ailment after the common cold. At some point, about 9 out of 10 of us will get gum disease. Gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults and is linked to heart disease.

Gum disease is easily treated in the early stages. The early signs of gum disease are, unfortunately, painless and hard to recognize.  At Summerhills Dental Care we check for any signs of gum disease at each and every dental cleaning.

Our treatment for gum disease emphasizes a non-surgical approach. We start with a simple removal of plaque and tartar below the gum line. The removal of all plague and tartar may take several appointments with your dental hygienist.  Our dental hygienists make sure the process is comfortable and pain free.

tips for preventing gum diseaseGum disease typically shows up in any of the following ways:

  • Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
  • Pus that appears between the teeth and gums
  • Teeth which are loose or moving
  • Sudden changes in the way the teeth come together
  • Consistent bad breath

Now you know some of the main points on how to prevent gum disease.  If you have any questions or are concerned you might have any of the symptoms described above, please call our Citrus Heights dental office at 916-723-3368 as soon as possible.  We’ll come up with a plan to help you maximize the health of your gums. Our approach is very thorough and treatments are usually covered by insurance.

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