Did you know that periodontal (gum) disease affects over half of American adults in some form? The problem is that many people don't even realize they have gum disease, and this is because there aren't many signs or symptoms at first. Emerging studies have linked gum disease with other health concerns in the body such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, and high blood pressure, so there's never been a more important time to take charge of your oral health. Dr. Fairfax & Associates wants to discuss with you the effects of neglecting gum disease in Fairfax, VA.
What is Gum Disease?
When excessive plaque buildup causes your gums to separate from your teeth, it allows harmful bacteria below your gum line, which causes an infection in the soft tissues and bone that support your teeth, this is how gum disease starts. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease in which you may notice that your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, and they may appear red and swollen. Chronic bad breath is also an early indicator of gingivitis. If you're experiencing these symptoms, this is the time to be proactive because you can effectively manage and even reverse gum disease with a thorough professional cleaning and improved home care in this stage.
Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease in which the damage starts to occur. In this stage the infection is beginning to destroy your soft tissue and bone, eliminating support for your teeth and putting them at risk for loss. Periodontitis may require a deeper cleaning that reaches below the gum line and sometimes antibiotic therapy to effectively control your condition. Surgery may be required for severe cases. Unfortunately, there is no cure for gum disease, however with the help of Dr. Fairfax and her team, you can effectively manage your condition and keep gum disease at bay.
Gum Disease Treatment in Fairfax VA
Regular cleanings and checkups every six months are your first line of defense against periodontal disease, and we encourage you to call us and get your next appointment scheduled.