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What Is Gum Disease?
Also called periodontal disease, gum disease manifests as an infection or inflammation in your gums. There are three stages to gum disease and it’s only during the first stage of gingivitis that it’s possible to reverse it. Since this disease can sometimes be present without any symptoms, it’s important to have regular dental checkups, so call our Burke office today to schedule an appointment.
What Are the Causes of Gum Disease?
The main cause of this disease is a lack of proper hygiene. When you eat and drink, a sticky substance called plaque forms on your teeth. When it’s not removed through brushing and flossing, it can lodge in the crevices between your teeth and cause decay to form. When plaque remains on your teeth, it will turn into tartar, which is a hard substance that can only be removed by a dentist. When gingivitis is treated in the early stage, then reversing gum disease is possible. However, if you wait until your disease progresses to the second or third stage, you’ve done irreparable damage to your teeth and gums and only reconstructive techniques can help you. If you have gum disease symptoms, then call our Burke office to schedule a gingivitis treatment.
Which Gingivitis Symptoms Are Most Common?
You may have periodontal disease and be unaware of it or you may experience only slight bleeding when you brush or floss. It’s at this stage that reversing gum disease is possible. When it advances to the second or third stage, then reversal isn’t an option. You may notice the following if you’re beginning to develop this disease:
- An odd taste in your mouth or halitosis
- Sensitive or swollen or inflamed gums
- Slight bleeding when you brush or floss
If you notice these gum disease symptoms, then call our Burke office for an appointment without delay.
Are There Signs of Gingivitis?
During your initial dental exam, your dentist will look for the following signs of gingivitis:
- Areas of inflammation
- Swollen or inflamed gums
- Pus around your teeth and gums
- Receding gumline
- Loose teeth or uneven tooth spacing
If your dentist notices these signs, then we’ll recommend ways of reversing your gum disease or we’ll recommend a gum disease cure, so call us today to schedule an appointment.
What’s the First Stage of Gum Disease?
This disease has three stages: Gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis.
This is the first stage of periodontal disease and at this point, the damage can be reversed and you can regain your good oral health.
When gingivitis symptoms aren’t addressed, gum disease progresses to this stage and permanent damage has been done to your teeth and gums. You’ll have pockets at your gum line that will accumulate food and plaque particles, and this will exacerbate the infection and inflammation that you have. Your dentist will use a more aggressive gingivitis treatment to halt the progression of the disease.
This is the third and last stage of gum disease and by this time, substantial damage will have been done to the gums and the jawbone and most or all of your teeth will have fallen out. At this point, reconstructive techniques are the only option to restore functionality to your teeth and gums. Advanced periodontitis is completely preventable, so don’t let your gum disease progress to this point. Call our Burke office today to schedule a gingivitis treatment and protect your teeth and gums.
What’s the Best Gingivitis Cure?
The best gingivitis cure is prevention; a regimen of good oral hygiene that includes regular dental cleanings and checkups. Early detection and treatment offer the best prognosis, so if you’re experiencing gingivitis symptoms, then call our Burke office for an appointment.
Can My Gingivitis Be Reversed?
We can reverse the effects of your gingivitis and restore your good oral health if we catch the disease in its early stages. Don’t ignore warning signs such as bleeding or inflammation – they’re signs of gum disease and they can progress quickly to a more advanced stage of the disease. Call us today for an appointment for a gingivitis cure or if you need more information about gum disease in Burke.
Is Advanced Periodontitis Reversible?
Advanced periodontitis isn’t reversible, but we can halt the progression of the disease and provide you with reconstructive techniques that will restore the functionality of your teeth and gums. Some of our gum disease treatments include root planing below the gums, professional scaling, antibacterial mouthwashes and antibiotics, and surgery for extreme cases.
If you need treatment for any stage of gum disease in Burke, then call Dental Associates of Northern Virginia in Burke at (703) 935-2879 and schedule an appointment for a gum disease treatment. We’re experienced providing gingivitis treatment in the Burke area for those who need it, so don’t delay making an appointment if you’re experiencing any signs of gingivitis. We look forward to helping you regain your good oral health and a gingivitis cure. We would be delighted to help you start smiling freely again.