Periodontal TherapyAn Overview
Periodontal therapy is used to control the spread of disease-causing oral bacteria. Gum disease is a progressive bacterial infection of the gums. Linked to both oral and systemic health complications, gum disease is most effectively treated in the earliest stages of development. Left untreated, gum disease can damage gum tissue, cause tooth loss, and may lead to deterioration of the jawbone and function and stability of the bite.
Manassas dentist, Dr. Nadder Hassan, is experienced in diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. Visiting the dentist for preventative dental health exams at least twice a year is the best way to prevent the development and spread of gum disease. Dr. Hassan can identify gum disease during routine dental exams for early intervention and treatment. Early diagnosis can prevent future damage to the health of the teeth, gums, and jawbone. Our dental care team will visually screen for periodontal disease at every oral health exam for the benefit of our patient’s oral and overall health.
Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of systemic health diseases. Gum disease is an underlying commonality in patients with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and patients with high risk of heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. Poor oral health directly impacts your overall well-being and the health of your entire body. Good oral hygiene is essential for maintaining the health of your natural smile and for disease prevention. Dr. Hassan works with patients to build a comprehensive understanding of their personal medical history, health risks, and overall health to help them create a personalized treatment plan that will maintain long-term dental health. For patients at high risk of developing gum disease, or for those who have had gum disease, Dr. Hassan may recommend visiting the dentist more frequently for regular teeth cleanings.
Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease
How do I know if I have gum disease?
Gum disease frequently goes undiagnosed until a patient’s gums begin to bleed or become sensitive and irritated. If your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, gum disease has most likely already started to cause damage to your gums and teeth. Regular preventive care visits to Manassas Smiles is the best way to prevent the spread of gum disease. If you notice any of the following signs or symptoms, or any changes in your oral health, contact our Manassas dentist office as soon as possible.
- Swollen gums
- Tender gums
- Chronic halitosis
- White or red lesions
- Receding gum line
- Loosening of teeth
- Shifting of teeth
- Bleeding gums
- Sensitive teeth
Gum Disease & Children
Children can develop gum disease. Gum disease is most commonly attributed to poor oral hygiene. Children who do not receive proper early oral health care or who do not brush and floss thoroughly may develop gum disease at an early age. It is essential for children to visit the dentist at least twice a year. Professional teeth cleanings can help keep their gums healthy. Our dental care team can also make personalized recommendations for improving their oral hygiene habits. Manassas Smiles is a family-focused dentist office that offers compassionate dentistry for patients of all ages. Giving your children the gift of oral health can help keep their growing bodies healthy and active. We invite families to our Manassas dentist office and offer the convenience of “one stop” dental care in Northern VA.