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What’s Worse Than Bleeding Gum? Lost Teeth

  • October 2, 2016

Should you be worried that you see blood when you’re done brushing and flossing? Yes! Call our Burke, VA dental office today at 703-260-1677 to get modern periodontal disease treatments. Our dental office has a laser that can treat periodontal disease more effectively than antibiotics and with virtually no pain.

Symptoms Of Periodontal Disease?

This dental condition has several symptoms to look out for:

  • Bleeding after cleaning your teeth
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Dark red or blackish gums
  • Gums that pull away from your teeth
  • Halitosis (chronic bad breath)
  • Loose teeth for no reason

However, some people have periodontal disease without any outward signs. That’s why you need to call us today. Our team can help determine if you really have this disease or not. Then we can treat periodontal disease with our high-tech dental laser or the tried-and-true deep cleaning methods.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is caused by the very bacteria behind tooth decay. They secrete an acid that erodes enamel, creating cavities. When they live on your gums instead, that acid irritates and damages your gums.

At first, this is just an occasional problem. However, those bacteria can slip beneath your gumline and infect your gum tissues. That’s a problem. It can start to make your teeth fall out. The bacteria can also get into your bloodstream and infect other parts of your body.

That’s why calling us today is so important. Dr. Fox belongs to the World Clinical Laser Institute and the Academy of Laser Dentistry. This gives him a unique insight into using lasers for painless, nonsurgical periodontal treatment.

It comes in two stages:

  • Gingivitis is the early stage. The bacteria still haven’t infected the gum tissue, but they are close to doing that. In the meantime, the damage they cause is why you have bad breath and bleeding, sore gums. Gingivitis can be removed if you call us at 703-260-1677 soon enough. Our dentists are well trained in treating gingivitis.
  • Periodontitis is the advanced stage. The bacteria have gotten inside your gum tissue and infected it. This can make your gums pull away from your teeth. It can even deteriorate your jawbone. Together, these can make your teeth fall out. Our dentists can treat periodontitis, but it cannot be cured. That’s why you need to call us today.

Treating Periodontal Disease

Deep scaling and root planing: Part of the problem is that bacteria create plaque and tartar. This can happen right at or even below your gumline. Both irritate your gums and contribute to periodontal disease.

When you call our Burke, VA dental office, you can schedule an appointment for root planing and scaling. Dr. Fox is expertly trained in this deep cleaning treatment. It will get rid of plaque and tartar near your gums to put a stop to the irritation.

Laser periodontal therapy: Dr. Fox is a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, so he has advanced training in using lasers for dental treatments. With laser periodontal therapy, you’ll get a laser to only target the infected tissue. This can get rid of infected parts without surgery.

Call us today for an appointment to get laser periodontal treatment from an expert is laser dentistry. The sooner you call, the more likely it will be that you can avoid periodontitis and save your teeth.

Regular dental care at home:

Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria. These live off tiny particles of food and drink that get stuck in your mouth. If you get rid of those particles, you can get rid of some bacteria as well. Brushing and flossing at home is crucial for this. Even rinsing with water after eating can help.

By calling our Burke, VA dental office today, you can make an appointment for a dental exam and dental cleaning. Our dentists can remove plaque and tartar, making your teeth professionally clean. Our team is also well-experienced and trained in spotting periodontal disease.

You can get rid of gingivitis. You cannot get rid of periodontitis. Call us today at 703-260-1677 to schedule your next appointment for periodontal treatment. Not every dental office offers laser dentistry, and Dr. Fox is specifically trained in using that for periodontal disease treatment. You might just save your teeth.