At El Dorado Hills Dental Wellness, we understand the importance of healthy gums for your overall oral health. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, can lead to serious dental issues if left untreated. Our experienced team, led by Dr. Rika Prodhan-Ashraf, is dedicated to diagnosing and effectively treating gum disease to restore the health of your gums and preserve your beautiful smile.

What is Gum Disease? Gum disease is an infection of the gums caused by the bacteria found in plaque. It typically begins with gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, characterized by inflammation, redness, and bleeding of the gums. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, a more advanced stage of gum disease that can cause irreversible damage to the gums and supporting structures of the teeth.

Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Gums that bleed easily, especially during brushing or flossing
  • Receding gums, making the teeth appear longer
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Changes in the way your bite feels
  • Pus between the teeth and gums
  • Changes in the fit of dentures


Preventing Gum Disease: Prevention is key when it comes to gum disease. Our team will educate you on proper oral hygiene practices, including effective brushing and flossing techniques, and provide guidance on lifestyle habits that promote healthy gums. Regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings are essential to detect early signs of gum disease and address any concerns promptly.

At El Dorado Hills Dental Wellness, we are committed to helping you achieve and maintain healthy gums. Schedule an appointment today to receive comprehensive gum disease evaluation and personalized treatment tailored to your unique needs. Our compassionate team will work closely with you to restore the health of your gums and ensure a lifetime of optimal oral health.


Our Gum Disease Treatment Approach:

  1. Thorough Examination: Our dental team will conduct a comprehensive examination of your gums, including measuring the depth of the spaces between your gums and teeth (periodontal pockets). We may also use X-rays to assess the bone supporting your teeth.

  2. Scaling and Root Planing: For early stages of gum disease, we may recommend a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. This treatment involves removing plaque, tartar, and bacteria from above and below the gumline, and smoothing the tooth roots to promote gum reattachment and prevent further bacterial growth.

  3. Laser Therapy: In some cases, we may utilize advanced laser therapy to treat gum disease. Laser technology allows for precise removal of diseased tissue and helps promote gum tissue regeneration, reducing pocket depths and improving overall gum health.

  4. Periodontal Maintenance: After gum disease treatment, we will provide you with personalized periodontal maintenance instructions. This includes regular follow-up visits to monitor your gum health, cleanings, and reinforcement of proper oral hygiene techniques to prevent the recurrence of gum disease.

  5. Advanced Treatment Options: For more advanced cases of gum disease, we may collaborate with trusted periodontal specialists to provide you with the most effective treatment options, such as gum surgery or dental implants, to restore the health and function of your smile.

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