Eliminate Gum Disease Risk with Gingivitis Treatment near Burke, VA
When you brush your teeth in the morning, do you find yourself often wincing in pain? Do you notice blood on your toothbrush? Are your gums red, inflamed, and tender to the touch? If so, it’s a sure sign you’ve got gingivitis. You’re certainly not alone. Fully 75% of Americans will wind up with it at one point or another during their lives.
The good news is, there’s an easy way to fix that problem. Our gingivitis treatment near Burke, VA can put you back on the road to excellent oral health. To explain more about that though, let’s talk more about what gingivitis is and why it’s a worse thing than you might think.
Gingivitis is a minor form of gum disease. It’s actually caused by toxins secreted by bacteria, but where does that bacteria come from? The short answer is plaque, which tends to build up on your teeth even with proper brushing and flossing. That’s why periodic preventive care is so important.
If you come into our office every six months for preventive care, you’ll get thorough teeth cleaning and polishing. Part of that process involves descaling, which is the process of scraping the plaque off your teeth and is the key component of our gingivitis treatment near Burke, VA.
Understand though, that the professional care we can offer is only part of the solution. There are also a number of things you can do, or at least be mindful of that will help minimize your risk. Here are a few:
Oral Hygiene – Although most people brush at least once a day, that’s just not enough. We recommend brushing at least twice a day, flossing each time you brush. If you don’t like flossing because you find it inconvenient, be sure to check out the wide variety of dental floss picks that are now available. They vastly simplify the process and speed things along.
Another thing to consider where oral hygiene is concerned is to be more selective where your toothpaste is concerned. Some brands contain additives that help improve gum health and repair the enamel of your teeth. Of course, by itself, good oral hygiene habits won’t eliminate the need for periodic gingivitis treatment near Burke, VA, it will greatly reduce your risk of getting gum disease.
Smoking – Most people know smoking is bad for them, but did you know it increases your risk of gingivitis? It’s true! Research indicates that people who smoke are fully seven times more likely to suffer from gum disease than non-smokers are.
Medications – Most medications have more than a few side effects, often including a general weakening of your immune system, which makes you more prone to infections and conditions like gingivitis. If you’re taking any type of medication, just be sure to let us know so we can plan around it and act accordingly.
Hormonal changes – While there’s little to be done about this, it does bear being mindful of the fact that hormonal changes can increase your risk of getting gingivitis and other conditions. The kinds of hormonal changes we’re talking about here include things like puberty, menopause, pregnancy and monthly menstruation.
Chronic Diseases – Any disease that weakens your immune system, including cancer, diabetes, and HIV, will invariably increase your risk of developing gingivitis and probably a host of other conditions as well.
Poor Dietary Habits – Food is fuel for your body. If you’re not giving your body what it needs to stay healthy, you’ll increase your risk of contracting infections and reduce your body’s ability to fight them off.
Stress – This one surprises many people, but stress can have major impacts to the strength of your immune system. Fortunately, there are a number of simple and effective strategies you can employ to reduce your stress level, so of the various items we’ve mentioned here, this one tends to be the easiest one to counter.
It matters for reasons that extend well beyond gingivitis itself. If left unchecked, gingivitis can worsen and progress into a condition called periodontitis, which is a much more serious gum disease that sees your gums actually begin to recede, exposing the roots of your teeth. That’s problematic for a few reasons, including:
- When your gums recede, it will expose the roots of your teeth
- With the roots exposed, it’s much more likely that they’ll fall out
- You’re much more likely to develop cavities because the roots of your teeth lack a protective coating of enamel
- Your mouth will become increasingly sensitive
Our gingivitis treatment near Burke, VA can help ensure that things don’t progress to that point, but what if it’s been a while since you’ve been to the dentist and you’ve already started getting cavities in the roots of your teeth or even losing teeth to periodontitis?
In those cases, correcting the damage already done by the condition will take a little more time and work, but it’s something we can easily do because, in addition to providing gingivitis treatment near Burke, VA, our office offers a full range of both general and cosmetic dentistry services, including:
- Tooth-colored fillings
- Porcelain veneers
- Crowns (including metal-free crowns)
- Sedation Dentistry
- Two alternatives to conventional braces, including:
- 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
- And more!
The teeth whitening options might be of special interest to you once we get your gingivitis issue taken care of, so we’ll spend a bit of time talking more about the three options we have available. Here are the details:
Our Zoom! In-Office Whitening Treatment
This is our fastest and most convenient option. By the time you leave our office on the day of the treatment, we guarantee your smile will be up to eight shades whiter. To give you a sense of how good that is, compare it to using over the counter whitening products. You’d have to use them every day for two months to get comparable results. Who wants to do that when there’s a much more convenient option available?
The Whitening For Life Program
This one is of special interest to do it yourselfers. When you first sign up with the program, we’ll ask you to come in so we can take an impression of your teeth. It’ll take about a week for us to use that impression to make a set of custom bleaching trays for you.
Once we have those back, we’ll ask you to come back to the office so we can give you the trays, along with a tube of bleaching gel and an instruction booklet detailing its use. At that point, you’re all set. You can whiten your teeth any time you like.
The Kor Whitening System
This is our most powerful whitening technology, specifically designed to handle stains that prove unresponsive to other whitening techniques. It works by restoring your teeth’s ability to absorb oxygen, and unlike the other two whitening treatments we offer, the effects of this one are completely permanent.
Lots of Ways To Pay
In addition to offering a full range of services, we’ve also worked hard to expand the number of insurance carriers we work with. At this point, that list includes:
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield
- Cigna’s Total DPPO plan
- Delta Dental
- Lincoln Financial Group
- Sun Life
- And all dental plans offered by United Concordia, except for those offered to active military members, who get their care on-base
Don’t worry if you didn’t see your dental insurance company on the list above. We have other options available, including:
- The Citi Health Card
- Care Credit
- And we even accept payment online via Paypal
If you happen not to have any of those, we also have our own Platinum Membership Club which offers generous discounts on most of the services we provide. Whatever your needs are where your oral health is concerned, we’ve got you covered, and once we optimize your oral health we can help you build the smile you’ve always wanted. Give our office a call today.