Gum Disease Therapy in Washington D.C. & Alexandria, VA
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Over half of all adults in the U.S. suffer from some form of gum disease, and Americans lose more teeth to gum disease than to any other cause, including cavities and trauma. One gum disease is present, treatment is required to bring it under control and regular periodontal maintenance must be performed to prevent its advancement.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, or gingivitis, occurs when bacteria and food particles trapped below the gum line cause an infection. The inflammatory response results in pockets forming around the teeth, allowing more bacteria and food particles to become trapped, and the cycle continues.
Gum disease can endanger any individual’s overall health, and cause other health conditions to worsen. Conversely, healthy gums can improve overall health and stave off systemic illnesses and diseases.
Understanding how gum disease affects the rest of the body can help those who are affected or at risk of being affected commit to better periodontal health.
What are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Symptoms of gum disease include:
Gum disease can also cause extreme tooth sensitivity or toothache. If one or more of these symptoms is present, a dentist (preferably a periodontist) should be consulted and a check performed for gum disease.
How is Gum Disease Diagnosed?
Early diagnosis and treatment of gum disease is crucial in order to avoid negative outcomes. To check for gum disease, periodontists Dr. Zalewsky or Dr. Hoge will carefully evaluate teeth, gums, and the depth of any existing gingival pockets.
There are three stages of gum disease:
- Advanced Periodontitis
If any form of gum disease is present, a treatment plan will be formulated. The recommended gum disease treatment will depend on how advanced the gum disease is, and how much damage has been done to the gum tissue.
Dr. Justin Zalewsky, Dr. Michael Hoge, and the Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry team offer a range of periodontal treatment options to the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. area, including residents seeking a periodontist in Annandale, Arlington, Burke, Chevy Chase, Falls Church, Fairfax, and Springfield. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zalewsky or Dr. Hoge, or request your appointment online.