According to the American Dental Association, most adults have some form of gum disease and do not even realize it. Periodontal (Gum) Disease is a leading cause of tooth loss and may be associated with other chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and pregnancy problems.

Periodontal Therapy Northern Virginia

Northern Virginia dentist Dr. Quynh-Chi Nguyen offers comprehensive periodontal care and screens patients for gum disease on every visit. Routine dental care plays an important role in preventing gum disease and facilitating early treatment to avoid more complex dental health problems. Preventive care visits enable Dr. Nguyen and her staff to spot the early signs of gum disease and provide conservative treatment. In some cases, Dr. Nguyen may recommend additional at home oral hygiene products to keep the gums healthy between visits.

What is Gum Disease

Many patients who visit our Chantilly, VA dentist office fall within a spectrum of periodontal disease, ranging from an inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) to a chronic disease of the gums and bone (periodontitis).

Signs of Gum Disease

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that half of Americans aged 30 or older have periodontitis, the more advanced form of gum disease. It is common to experience little or no symptoms or obvious signs of gum disease. For this reason, regular visits with Dr. Nguyen are critical to preventing and managing gum disease.

  • Red, swollen or sore gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Mouth sores or pus between gums and teeth
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Changes in the fit of dentures

Gum Disease Treatment

Chantilly dentist Dr. Nguyen offers several treatment options for periodontal disease. If you have early signs of gum disease, Dr. Nguyen may recommend frequent dental cleanings to restore your gums to optimal health.

If more intensive treatment is needed, Dr. Nguyen may recommend a deep teeth cleaning known as scaling and root planning. During this procedure, the dentist will remove plaque and tartar from the deep pockets of the gum.

Patients who have advanced signs of gum disease may require more intense treatment or surgery. Dr. Nguyen may refer you to a local periodontist for treatment.

Gum Disease FAQs

What Causes Gum Disease?
Plaque is constantly forming in the mouth. If it is not removed daily by brushing and flossing, it can harden into tartar. Bacteria thrives in this environment and over time, it can develop into gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease.

Gingivitis can progress into an infection, destroy gum tissue and eventually degrade bone to the point that teeth can become loose or missing.

What can be done to prevent gum disease?
The best way to fight gum disease is prevention. Dr. Nguyen encourages patients to brush twice a day and floss at least once a day. Regular visits to our Chantilly, VA dentist office will also help reduce your risk for developing gum disease.

Another important step to preventing gum disease is having a healthy diet. This means limiting sodas, sweets and snacks between meals. Drinking water will also help reduce bacteria in the mouth.