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Gum disease – diagnosing, treating and preventing it

Periodontal disease can be devastating to your oral health, causing gum recession, bone loss and tooth loss if left untreated. At the office of John A. Marino, DDS, PC, we provide several periodontal treatments to combat the harmful bacteria in your mouth and help you regain a healthy smile. To schedule an appointment with our dentist and learn more about our periodontal services in Annandale, Virginia, please call us today at 703-485-4534.

Periodontics is one of the nine fields of dental specialties. It is focused on preventing, diagnosing and treating gum disease and related conditions. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an infection caused by harmful bacteria in plaque. These bacteria irritate and inflame the gum tissues.

When gum disease is diagnosed and treated in the earliest stages (known as gingivitis), it can typically be halted and the damage reversed through additional professional cleanings, non-surgical treatments and improved at-home oral hygiene. If allowed to progress into a more advanced stage (periodontitis), it will eventually destroy the oral tissues and cause tooth loss. Periodontitis requires more involved and frequent treatment to treat, including surgical procedures.

Symptoms of gum disease include:

gum disease symptoms

We strongly encourage you to keep all your regular dental appointments, as this will help us diagnose gum disease in the earliest stages of development, when it is more likely to be successfully treated. We also encourage you to maintain a good oral hygiene routine at home in order to keep your teeth and gums clean and free from disease-causing plaque and bacteria. Our dentist and team will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that will meet your oral health needs and combat periodontal disease to restore your oral health.

For more information about periodontics and to set up your consultation, contact our office today.