Gum disease is a serious oral health concern that’s known to develop “silently,” meaning many people don’t realize they have it until it’s already in its more advanced stages. Shahrokh Soltani, DMD, and the team of dental professionals at My Face, My Smile in Arlington, Virginia, can monitor and treat your gum disease to ensure that your smile stays beautiful and healthy. Get started today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.
Gum disease is a condition that affects your gum tissue when plaque and tartar are left to build up on your teeth for too long. Plaque and tartar contain bacteria and acids that are harmful to your gums and can cause irritation, infection, and deterioration.
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States and it can lead to a number of other health problems.
There are two stages of gum disease:
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. In it, the plaque and tartar on your teeth just begin to irritate your gum tissue, which consequently becomes tender and inflamed. Your gums might look swollen and bleed when you brush them.
The effects of gingivitis are entirely reversible, however, with improved at-home care and more frequent professional cleanings.
If gingivitis is left to progress, it becomes periodontitis. When you have periodontitis, your gums are so irritated from the plaque and tartar on your teeth that they respond by pulling away from the irritants and recede.
This recession creates “pockets” between your teeth and gums that collect debris, which irritates your gum tissue even further, causing your gums to pull away even more. This cycle continues until the structures supporting your teeth are completely eroded, leaving your teeth to fall out.
Some of the symptoms of gum disease include:
The symptoms of gum disease tend to develop subtly. Many patients don’t even realize that they have the disease until it’s already progressed into its later stages.
Dr. Soltani and the team at My Face, My Smile are trained to spot signs of gum disease in its earliest stages, which is why it’s so important to maintain regular checkups and cleanings.
If your gum disease is still in the gingivitis stage, Dr. Soltani can treat it with more frequent professional cleanings and teaching you how to take better care of your smile at home.
If your gum disease progresses to periodontitis, there are a number of treatments that Dr. Soltani can administer to get your smile healthy again, including:
To learn more about the high-quality gum disease treatments at My Face, My Smile, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.