Gum disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in America and is commonly diagnosed in adults of all ages.
The disease can be serious but reversible when receiving support from Dr. Nicole Van and her team. In this blog from Dr. Van, the initial stages of gum disease are discussed as well as options for treatment when the disease is found to be at its more challenging stages.
Gingivitis - Infection at the First Stage Of Gum Disease
Gingivitis or gum inflammation is typically the first sign of infection and is seen at the initial stage of gum disease. Most people who have gingivitis commonly report the following symptoms observed at home or during an office exam.
- Tender, sensitive gums and teeth
- Swollen and inflamed gums
- Red, purple, or darkened discoloration of gums
- Bleeding gums
How Can Gum Disease be Reversed And Oral Health be Restored?
- Seeking professional care – During an office visit, Dr. Van uses multiple clinical datapoints to complete a comprehensive exam for an official diagnosis.
- Different types of cleanings – Depending on the stages of gum disease, Dr. Van will recommend the best plan of action to include professional treatment to specifically target the bacteria that is present and contributing to the symptoms. The treatment plan is customized to the individual patient, along with a recommended frequency of office visits.The plan helps to maintain progress and eliminate the bacterial load that is observed with severe forms of gum disease.
- Additional therapies during professional visits– Prescription medications, antibacterial and antifungal irrigations and laser therapy are other modes of treatment typically used to help reverse the symptoms of gum disease.
- Improved home care routine – Dr. Van and her team will provide information on improved home care techniques to lead to progress towards health while keeping the bacterial forms of gum disease in remission. Research has shown that severe forms of the disease is bacterial-driven and can be suppressed but never truly eliminated. Therefore, treatment that supports remission is a key factor in the success of fighting the signs and symptoms of gum disease.
Dr. Van and her team have decades of experience in periodontal care in McLean and can help to treat many levels and forms of gingivitis and periodontitis, reducing its detriment on the foundation of teeth, bone and jaws. Contact us online or call us at (703) 556-0091 to schedule a consultation and take the first steps toward restoring oral health.