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Understanding Gum Disease: Prevention and Treatment

Understanding Gum Disease

Understanding Gum Disease: Prevention and Treatment

Understanding gum disease begins with a basic grasp of oral health and the role it plays in your overall wellbeing. At India Hook Dental in Rockhill, SC, we specialise in providing expert dental work to ensure that your dental hygiene is in the best possible condition.

Understanding Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection that affects the gums and bones supporting the teeth. When oral hygiene is neglected, bacteria accumulate leading to inflammation, and if left untreated, can result in tooth loss or even severe health complications beyond the structure of the mouth. These potential risks highlight the importance of understanding gum disease.

Types of Gum Diseases

There are two main types of gum disease, a testament to the progression and severity of the condition:

  • Gingivitis: This is the milder form of gum disease, characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed easily during brushing or flossing. It is often painless during the initial stages, making it easier to ignore.
  • Periodontitis: When gingivitis is not addressed in time, it escalates to periodontitis. During this stage, the gums start to pull away from the teeth creating deep areas known as pockets where more bacteria can accumulate, leading to infection and tooth loss.

Understanding gum disease and their types are a significant first step to maintaining your oral health.

Causes of Gum Disease

Gum disease can occur due to a variety of reasons, including:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Food trapped between teeth
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Hormonal changes, particularly in women
  • Genetics
  • Certain medications
  • Illnesses like diabetes, HIV, and cancer

Awareness of these causes assists in taking appropriate preventive measures.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Understanding gum disease likewise necessitates becoming familiar with the signs and symptoms. They may include:

  • Persistently bad breath
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose or sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums or teeth appearing longer than normal

Any of these red flags should prompt an immediate visit to India Hook Dental for expert dental work.

Preventing Gum Disease

One of the ways India Hook Dental is helping our clients is through education and preventive measures. Here are some of our leading tips:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste
  • Use an interdental cleaning tool daily, such as floss, to clean hard-to-reach areas
  • Regular professional cleanings by your dentist or dental hygienist
  • Quit smoking if you are a tobacco user
  • Follow a healthy diet that limits sugary foods and drinks

Treating Gum Disease

At India Hook Dental, we provide comprehensive treatment plans, tailored to halt the progression of the gum disease and restore gum health. Depending on the severity, we offer:

  • Professional cleaning: This involves scaling (removing plaque and tartar from the gum line) and root planing (smoothing rough spots on a tooth root)
  • Oral Hygiene education: Our team educates patients on the best care practices for their teeth
  • Advanced treatments: For advanced gum disease, treatments may include pocket reduction, bone or tissue grafts, or even laser treatment

Understanding gum disease and the potential risks involved are crucial for prevention and treatment. Located in Rockhill, SC, India Hook Dental is dedicated to ensuring that you maintain the best oral health standards by providing expert dental work. Don’t wait until it’s too late, book an appointment with us today and let us help you maintain that bright and healthy smile.

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  • My hygienist was Claudia, and I now have a best friend forever. She was so welcoming and kind, put me completely at ease, walked me through all of the procedures, costs, and reasons why, and introduced me to everyone who walked in or by the door. Dr. Smith was equally as helpful and amazing. Every person went out of their way to ensure my comfort and understanding. I NEVER write reviews, and was so impressed that I couldn't wait to get home and write one!

  • We love IHDC! They do everything possible to ensure our safety, and Alaine is an absolute gem! She treats my daughter with the patience of a saint and we love her for it! The whole team is amazing!

  • If you’re a believer in good vibes and positive energy then this is the place for you. Everyone here is so warm & inviting. They really do feel like family, ya know, the ones you actually like! I’ve been going here for years but when I had my daughter, there was no question about where i would take her for her dental needs. They are so great with her and she is never nervous when we go because they just radiate positivity and make her feel so calm and relaxed. I can’t recommend them enough. Oh, they are also really great with Botox 😉

  • Could not possibly thank Dr. Houck, Gabby, and staff enough for the wonderful care I receive. In addition to excellent dentistry, their compassionate approach and communication really sets them apart. They are always kind, caring, and take time to explain things in detail. Easy to contact the office with any needs, and they are always quick to respond. Highly recommend.

  • Just wanted to leave a quick review on Claudia! She is an excellent dental hygienist. She is very thorough with her cleanings, she has a sweet personality and takes the time to explain things to you. I 10/10 would recommend Claudia to all of my friends and family.

  • Amazing place. Started taking our family there in 2014. Professional, kind, and most importantly excellent at every level of service.

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