Avoid Tooth Loss With a Gingivitis Treatment in Annandale, VA

Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? Are they red, painful, and swollen? If so, it’s important that you take advantage of our gingivitis treatment in Annandale, VA right away before the problem gets worse.

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease caused by the buildup of plaque. Plaque contains bacteria and that bacteria secretes toxins that are irritating to your gums. If left unchecked, gingivitis can easily worsen, leading to periodontitis.

As your condition progresses to this state, the gums will actually begin to recede, exposing the roots of your teeth. At that point, not only do you have to worry about the pain stemming from your tender gums but also the increased sensitivity of your teeth because the roots aren’t covered in a protective layer of enamel. As you might expect then, periodontitis is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults.

At some point during the course of your life, it’s extremely likely that you’ll develop gingivitis. Three out of four Americans do, but the good news is, our gingivitis treatment in Annandale, VA is devastatingly effective at getting rid of the plaque that ultimately causes it.

The heart and soul of our treatment is, of course, the removal of the plaque that’s causing the problem in the first place, which means having your teeth thoroughly cleaned and polished. As part of the exam that will accompany your cleaning, we’ll also be able to identify any more serious damage that the presence of the plaque may have caused.

If needs be, we’ll work with you to schedule a time to have that damage corrected and put you on a preventive care regimen so we can help keep plaque at bay going forward.

Of course, our gingivitis treatment in Annandale, VA is only one part of the solution. In addition to the professional care you get from our office, there are a number of things you can do at home that will help ensure the plaque buildup on your teeth is minimized. Here are the major things to bear in mind:

Smoking – Research has shown that people who smoke are seven times more likely to suffer from gum disease than non-smokers are. If you currently smoke, that’s another reason to consider quitting. If you’re not yet ready to quit, just be mindful that continuing to do so will increase your risk.

Oral Hygiene – While most people brush at least once a day, that’s not enough. We recommend brushing at least twice a day, and brushing properly when you do. We also strongly urge all of our patients to floss every day after brushing.

If you’re not fond of doing it the old-fashioned way, there are a variety of floss picks on the market today that make it easier and more convenient than ever to do. Flossing helps remove food particles that brushing simply cannot, and by getting them out of your mouth, you dramatically reduce your chance of gum disease.

Another part of good oral hygiene is to pay attention to the kind of toothpaste you’re using. Some brands are infused with additives that help improve gum health and repair the enamel of your teeth. While brushing and flossing daily won’t negate the need for gingivitis treatment in Annandale, VA, they will dramatically lower your risk and as such are highly recommended.

Stress – As strange as it may sound, stress can actually cause gingivitis too! Stress is caused by excessive levels of cortisol in your body. Over time, those high concentrations of cortisol can weaken your immune system, which will lower your body’s ability to fight infections of all kinds, including gum disease.

Hormonal changes – This isn’t usually something you can avoid, but it is something to be mindful of. There are a great many things that can radically redraw your body’s hormonal balance. Some of these include pregnancy, menopause, monthly menstruation, or puberty. Just be mindful that during those times, you are at a greater risk of developing gingivitis.

Poor nutritional habits – This is another thing that many people don’t consider, but your dietary habits can greatly increase your risk of gingivitis. After all, food is fuel for your body, and if you’re not giving your body the nutrients it needs to stay healthy, you’re bound to increase your risk of illness and infections, including gingivitis.

Chronic diseases – If you suffer from any form of cancer, diabetes, or HIV, you’ll find that your body isn’t as able to resist infections which will make you more likely to develop gingivitis.

Medications – You’ve undoubtedly seen advertisements on TV that outline the possible side effects you might suffer by taking them. Unfortunately, while medications do help, sometimes they come with a list of possible side effects as long as your arm. If you’re taking any sort of medication, just be sure to let us know ahead of time so we can plan around it accordingly.

Of course, gingivitis treatment in Annandale, VA is only one part of what we do. We provide a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry services to all our patients. Here’s a brief summary of the ways we can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted:

  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Two alternatives to conventional braces, including:
    • Invisalign
    • And the Six Month Smiles Program
  • Three different teeth whitening technologies, including:
    • Zoom! In Office Whitening Treatment
    • The Whitening For Life Program
    • And our Kor Whitening System
  • Dentures
  • Partials
  • Implants
  • Crowns (including metal-free crowns)
  • Sedation Dentistry
  • And more!

As great as it is to have so many services under one roof, it’s only really helpful if we accept whatever dental insurance you’ve got. That’s why we’ve worked very hard to expand the number of insurance carriers we work with. As of now, that list includes:

  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Assurant
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Carefirst
  • Cigna’s Total DPPO plan
  • Delta Dental
  • GEHA
  • Guardian
  • Lincoln Financial Group
  • Metlife
  • Principal
  • Sun Life
  • And all dental plans offered by United Concordia, save for those offered exclusively to active military members, who get their care on-base

Not to worry if you don’t see your insurance company on the list above. In addition to that, we also accept both the Citi Health Card and Care Credit, and if you like, you can even pay your bill online with Paypal.

If none of those work for you, we can enroll you in our Platinum Membership Program which offers generous discounts on most of the services we provide, so no matter what your insurance situation, we’ve got you covered. Our goal is to help you achieve optimal dental health and build the smile you’ve always dreamed of having.

It gets even better though. In addition to offering lots of different ways to pay, we’ve also worked hard to keep our office open late several days a week. After all, we know and understand how busy our patients are and how difficult it can be to get time off of work to schedule the care they need. As of now, our office hours are as follows:

Monday: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Tuesday: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Wednesday: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Thursday: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PMFriday: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Friday: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Saturday: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Sunday: Our office is closed on Sunday

Best of all, we understand that many of our patients are scared to death of spending time in the treatment chair and for that reason, we offer sedation dentistry for anyone who needs a little something extra to help keep them calm while they get the treatments they want and need.

The bottom line is, whatever your dentistry needs are, from general to cosmetic, from gingivitis to crowns, we’ve got you covered. We don’t want to just fix whatever problem you’re having right now. That’s important, but in our view, it’s just the beginning. We want to be your dentist of choice for as long as you live in the area. Give our office a call today. You’ll be very glad you did.