Learn More About Periodontal Disease and How to Avoid Damage to the Smile with the Team at Clarendon Dental Arts
- Posted on: Jul 30 2019
We hear it all the time from dental professionals: take good care of your smile so you do not develop gum disease. However, how easy is it to be at risk for gum disease? What happens if you don’t treat it right away? What are the consequences of avoiding treatment? Dr. Danine Fresch Gray of Clarendon Dental Arts is a professional who is ready and willing to help patients in the Arlington, VA area avoid the development of periodontal disease and other conditions that can impact the smile.
What is periodontal disease?
Also referred to by dental professionals as gum disease, periodontal disease is the development of an infection that typically starts with the soft tissues. If not diagnosed early, patients may risk getting an infection that becomes much worse, damaging the teeth, gums, and bone. By intervening with early treatment, patients can reduce the problems that can develop from this condition and keep the issue from expounding. This condition can completely impact the smile, causing the loss of even the natural adult teeth.
Who is susceptible to periodontal disease?
This condition can occur in anyone but is completely avoidable with proper oral health habits. Our dentist at Clarendon Dental Arts encourages patients to take great care in brushing and flossing to reduce their risks of developing periodontal disease, and to visit their dentist every six months to be evaluated for this or other conditions, including tooth decay.
What treatment is available?
When periodontal disease becomes a big problem, it needs to be treated as soon as possible to save the natural bone, soft tissues, and teeth. Patients with the earlier stages of periodontal disease, known as gingivitis, may undergo a simple cleaning and strict at-home care instructions. The later stages may require antibiotics, or a procedure known as scaling and root planing, to bring the smile back to health.
Have you been diagnosed with periodontal disease?
Contact our professionals at Clarendon Dental Arts, including Dr. Danine Fresch Gray, to discuss the treatment option most appropriate for your specific needs. Patients are urged to connect with us by calling (703) 525-5901 and visiting the practice at 2700 Clarendon Boulevard. We welcome new patients into our facility for comprehensive dental care solutions including treatment for periodontitis.
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