Periodontal Treatment in Fairfax VA
Have you noticed a change in your gums recently? Do they look red and tender or bleed when you brush your teeth or eat hard or crunchy foods? You may dismiss these signs as being normal and nothing to worry about. In fact, there’s a good chance you’re seeing symptoms of periodontal disease.
Gum Disease – A Serious Oral Health Risk
Periodontal disease (gum disease) affects millions of people, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that half of American adults over the age of 30 have periodontal disease. It is a chronic bacterial inflammation that attacks gum tissue and the bone that supports your teeth. If not treated promptly, gum disease can eventually lead to tooth loss and other serious health problems. We emphasize the importance of regular cleanings and exams because gum disease can do a lot of damage to your teeth and gums before you even know that it's present.
Gum disease is a problem that doesn’t just affect the health of your teeth and gums. The health of your mouth has a definite connection to your overall health, and chronic gum disease can lead to problems like heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, and pregnancy complications.
Gentle Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease starts when bacteria-laden plaque builds up between your teeth and under the gums. Without treatment, pockets deepen, separating the teeth and gums from bone. Your teeth may loosen and, without treatment, they may be lost.
During each professional cleaning at our Fairfax dental office, our highly skilled dental hygienist looks for signs of periodontal disease by measuring the depth of these gum pockets. Depending on the extent of disease present, we may recommend ultrasonic scaling and root planing. Also referred to as a deep cleaning, this procedure involves gentle removal of bacteria, plaque, and calculus deposits to aid in healing.
Please Call to Arrange Your Next Dental Cleaning
Gum disease is a serious problem, but it is highly preventable with proper oral hygiene and routine dental care. One of the reasons that gum disease is so prevalent is because it may be present and not show any symptoms. This is why regular professional cleanings and exams are essential. Most dental insurance covers the cost of these essential services, so check with your provider.
We're also pleased to offer our patients the opportunity to join our annual in-house dental discount plan. Simply pay an annual fee, and for a period of 12 months, you'll be entitled to free cleanings, exams, fluoride treatments, and discounts on certain services. Please call for more information.
No matter what the condition of your oral health, we’re here to help. We’ve seen all sorts of problems over the years and we’re not here to judge. We are just happy that you’re taking the important steps to improve the health of your smile.
If you think you’re experiencing the symptoms of gum disease, please give us a call. We’ll make an appointment for your next dental cleaning and exam so we can get to know you and help you achieve your goals for a health smile.
We look forward to welcoming you to our dental family!