Protect Your Gums with Periodontal Therapy in Arlington, VA
Did you know that the most common disease in the U.S. today is actually gum disease (also known as periodontal disease)? Over 75% of the adult population has a form of it, and many are completely unaware. What starts as a minor problem can eventually develop into a serious health concern, which is why at My Face My Smile, we will always keep an eye on your gum health during your regular checkups. Dr. Shakrokh Soltani and Dr. Jing Chao Li have multiple approaches to help prevent and treat this condition using periodontal therapy. If you experience any of the symptoms listed below, be sure to contact our office today so we can get you the treatment you need as soon as possible.
Common Symptoms of Gum Disease:
- Gums that frequently bleed whenever you brush or floss
- Bad breath that isn’t abated by brushing your teeth or using a mouthwash
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Teeth that feel loose
- Receding gums that make your teeth appear longer
Gum disease tends to start very subtly, and many people don’t notice it at all. This is why it’s so important for you to have regular checkups at My Face My Smile. Our trained eyes will be able to spot the smallest signs of the disease so we can treat it before it can cause you really problems and discomfort.
How We Treat Gum Disease
When gum disease is caught early, it can usually be treated using a dental cleaning and more diligent oral hygiene at home. Something you can actually start doing right now is make sure to brush where your teeth meet your gums. If you have more advanced gum disease, we have a few ways we can treat it.
One approach involves two procedures called scaling and root planing. Scaling is like a dental cleaning specifically focused on your gums, where our team will use tools to clear away built up plaque and tartar both above and below your gum line. Root planing is then used to smooth out the roots of your teeth. This makes it much harder for plaque and bacteria to gather there in the future.
Another approach we can use is involves a soft-tissue laser. This can eliminate harmful bacteria from the gums will minimally disturbing the tissue. This means the procedure itself is practically painless, and many patients need minimal to no recovery time afterward!