Understanding periodontal disease

  • Posted on: Apr 30 2020
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Some conditions, such as periodontal disease (or gum disease), can impact the smile in a negative way. This condition, which is a form of infection that develops in the mouth, can cause the loss of gum tissue, jawbone, and even natural adult teeth. The condition starts out with gingivitis, the first stage. Gingivitis can cause redness and inflammation of the gums that may bleed when patients brush or floss. It can also be characterized by persistent bad breath. As soon as these symptoms are noticed, patients should book a visit with their Arlington, VA dentist.

What can be done about periodontal disease?

The important factor to remember with periodontal disease is that it is completely avoidable. With proper care of the smile, including routine brushing and flossing and regular dental visits, most patients can keep this condition from developing in the smile. This is also why patients should see their dentist every six months—dental providers can evaluate the smile regularly to look for the signs of problems, whether it be periodontal disease or the formation of tooth decay, or “cavities.”

What can be done to address periodontal disease?

First and foremost, we educate patients on how to care for their smiles to reduce their risk of developing periodontal disease. In addition, we also encourage patients to come in to get a proper diagnosis and to speak to our team about what can be done to treat it. In most cases, periodontal disease itself cannot be cured. However, with proper treatments at the dental office and by improving one’s oral health habits, most patients can control the condition and reduce the infection itself. Treatments may include deep cleanings called scaling and root planing, or the administration of antibiotics either directly in the mouth or through oral prescription medications.

Schedule a visit at our Arlington, VA area practice today

The team at Clarendon Dental Arts welcomes patients in the community to call the office at (703) 525-5901 and visit at 2700 Clarendon Boulevard. Our practice is here to help with a wide range of conditions, including periodontal disease. Dr. Danine Fresch Gray and her staff are committed to providing general, cosmetic, and restorative care for new and existing patients and families in her state-of-the-art facility.

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