Dental health is not only about teeth. Gums are another very important aspect that can be overlooked. Over time, it is possible for gums to become inflamed or even diseased. This calls for professional periodontal treatment.
Non Surgical Periodontal Therapy
Gum disease is a serious condition that can cause tooth loss, due to an infection in the supporting structures. You may have periodontal disease if you experience symptoms like:
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Halitosis (bad breath)
Instead of a preventive cleaning, we treat periodontal disease through a series of “deep cleanings.” These therapeutic appointments remove the calcified bacteria just under the gumlines and along the roots of the teeth. By creating a clean environment, the gum tissues can potentially reattach to the tooth, preventing tooth loss.
Screening for Gum Disease
At each exam, we conduct a periodontal assessment where the attachment of gum tissues is measured on each tooth. These screenings pinpoint early gum disease so that we can take proactive measures before it has a chance to progress further.
The Impact on Your Health
Bacteria present in areas of periodontal disease can easily enter into your cardiovascular system and spread throughout the body. Scientific research has shown a correlation in the severity of periodontal disease related to conditions like:
- Sleep apnea/obesity
- Erectile dysfunction
- Stroke, heart attack, and high blood pressure
- Premature labor
Improving your oral health is one of the best steps you can take in living a healthier lifestyle. We offer many anxiety free dental services so you never have to fear going to the dentist.
If you are currently experiencing any symptoms of gum disease, we urge you to call our Falls Church office right away to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jones. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Se habla español.