Gum Health

Cosmetic Dentist, Aesthetic Specialist & General Dentistry located in San Diego, CA

Gum Health

Gum Health services offered in San Diego, CA

Healthy gums mean healthy smiles, but gum disease is incredibly common and presents several challenges. For many residents of San Diego, California, Sarah Elghor, DDS, at Elghor Dental Studio is the provider of choice for top-quality gum health services. Book your visit online or over the phone today to move one step closer to healthy gums.

Gum Health Q&A

Why is gum health so important?

Your gum tissue performs a number of important functions. To begin, your gums help stabilize your teeth, holding them into alignment. More importantly, gum tissue creates a barrier between your mouth and your bloodstream. 

The human mouth is filled with a complex network of bacteria, some of which is helpful and some of which is potentially harmful. Your gums keep that bacteria out of your bloodstream, where they can cause extensive harm. 

A growing body of evidence supports a link between advanced gum disease and a range of serious health issues, including heart disease, stroke, and hypertension. Healthy gums help you protect and sustain your overall health and wellness. 

What are some symptoms of gum health problems?

Knowing what to look for can help you know when it’s time to seek professional care for gum health problems. In the early stages of gum disease (gingivitis), the primary symptom is bleeding when brushing or flossing. 

The advanced stage of gum disease (periodontitis) is characterized by the following:

  • Tender or sore gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Dental pain
  • Swollen, red gums
  • Pain while chewing
  • New spaces between your teeth
  • Bad breath

If you experience these changes, reach out to Elghor Dental Studio for a diagnostic exam. 

What kinds of treatments help resolve gum health issues?

Elghor Dental Studio offers several treatment options to help resolve gum disease. Scaling and root planing uses a handheld device to scrape away accumulations of plaque and tartar while also smoothing your tooth roots to make it harder for plaque to adhere. 

You might also receive prescription medication to help control bacteria within your mouth. Used as directed, these medications can dramatically improve your gum health. 

Laser treatments can help by eliminating bacteria in your mouth. If you experience severe dental damage as a result of gum disease, a smile makeover uses a combination of cosmetic dental treatments to improve the appearance of your smile. Laser gum recontouring is a good fit if you have excessive gum tissue that covers a significant portion of your tooth tissue. 

To explore these options in greater detail, call the office to schedule a visit, or book online in just a few clicks.