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What is Periodontal Disease?

If your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, you may be developing periodontitis, also known as gum disease. Gum disease can be reversible in its early stages, but it is important to receive treatment before symptoms worsen.

Treating Periodontitis Washington, DC

One of the major causes of tooth loss in adults is gum disease. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by the infection and destruction of the tissue that surrounds, supports, and protects teeth. The condition can lead to other major health problems, so it is important to treat teeth and gums properly before symptoms persist.

Common Signs of Gum Disease

Know the warning signs of gum disease before it takes hold:

  • Bleeding gums after brushing and flossing
  • Swollen or red gums
  • Receding gums
  • Deep pockets forming between teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Shifting teeth
  • Gum and teeth separation
  • Halitosis, or persistent bad breath

If you have noticed these symptoms, contact Today’s Dentistry for cleanings and treatment to improve and protect your teeth and gums.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Gum disease is not just caused by poor oral hygiene. Other causes may include:

  • Hormonal Changes: During puberty, menopause, or pregnancy, gums can become more sensitive. Sensitive gums may develop gingivitis and periodontitis more easily than those that are not sensitive.
  • Medication: Certain medication can cause dry mouth, which decreases the amount of saliva in the mouth. Less saliva means less protection for teeth and gums, which can then become prone to gum disease.
  • Illnesses: Conditions like diabetes may make patients more susceptible to periodontitis because of blood sugar levels.

Gum Disease: At Risk

Gum disease may lead to increased oral health problems, such as:

  • Tooth loss
  • Destroyed gum tissue
  • Plaque buildup
  • Chewing problems

Gum disease is not just a problem for your gums and teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can exacerbate heart problems like heart disease, strokes, strokes, and heart attacks.

Treating Gum Disease

Dr. Justin Deckard and the professional team at DC Precision Dentistry offer these treatment options to patients:

  • Scaling and root planing: Scaling and root planning is an extensive deep cleaning. During scaling and root planing, tartar, plaque, and bacterial are gently removed from above and below the gum line.
  • Antibacterial rinses: Used to treat early stage gingivitis, antibacterial rinses can typically be introduced as part of your daily oral hygiene routine.
  • Oral Surgery: In advanced stages of periodontitis, the health and function of the gum tissue and bone structure are compromised. To restore oral function surgery may be required.
  • Restorative dentistry: Dr. Deckard may recommend dentures, dental implants, or a dental bridge to restore missing teeth that are lost due to gum disease.

Request an Appointment Today

Call DC Precision Dentistry today at (202) 851-7554. You an also schedule an appointment with Dr. Deckard online here.