Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease

Just as it’s important to brush your teeth to keep them clean, it’s also important to protect your gums by flossing. When you have sore gums or other gum-related symptoms, you could be at risk of periodontal disease. Our dental team provides diagnoses and treatments for adults and children in Woodbridge, Virginia who have periodontal disease.

Periodontal Disease Q &A

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What is periodontal disease?

Gum diseases affect your gums and the surrounding tissue, and there are two varieties of gum-related illnesses: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is an inflammation of your gums that causes them to become red and swollen. They might also feel tender and bleed easily when you brush and floss. Periodontitis is a more serious form of periodontal disease that attacks your gums and bones.

What causes periodontal disease?

One of the most common causes of periodontal disease is poor oral hygiene: If you don’t floss your teeth regularly, bacteria can build up on your gums and get below the gum line. This bacteria then causes an infection that can eventually wear away the bone around your teeth, loosen your teeth, and eventually fall out. Genetics might also increase your risk of developing gum disease if you have a family history of this condition.

What are the signs of periodontal disease?

If you have gingivitis, you might notice that your gums feel sore or tender. They might also look red and inflamed. When you brush and floss, your gums might bleed.

If you have periodontitis, though, you’re not likely to notice any symptoms during the early stages of this disease. When it’s more advanced, you might notice that your gums are receding, which causes more of your tooth surface to show. If you don’t have periodontitis treated, you might end up with loose teeth.

What are the treatments for gingivitis?

Since gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, it’s important to make sure it’s treated immediately. Having your gums thoroughly checked and cleaned helps reduce the symptoms of gingivitis and ease inflammation. Practicing good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing on a regular basis helps keep gingivitis from coming back.

What are the treatments for periodontitis?

If you have periodontitis, the type of treatment you’ll need depends on how advanced it is. Your dentist at Dr. Robert C. Dost & Associates evaluates your condition in order to determine the best way to treat periodontitis and prevent it from worsening. For example, your treatment might involve scaling and root planing, which targets bacteria below the gum line to help clear up the infection. If you’ve already suffered significant bone loss, though, that won’t be enough. At that point, you’ll need periodontal surgery.

If you have symptoms of periodontal disease, please contact Dr. Robert C. Dost & Associates to make an appointment.

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