Gingivitis Treatment Keeps Gum Disease from Progressing near Merrifield, VA
Do your gums appear red and inflamed? Are they tender to the touch? Do they sometimes bleed when you brush your teeth? If you answered yes to any of those questions, it sounds like you could benefit from our gingivitis treatment near Merrifield, VA.
How long has it been since you last had your teeth cleaned or came in for a dental checkup? If you can’t recall the date, it’s probably well past time. For optimal oral health, we recommend preventive care every six months, so if you’re suffering from any of the problems described above, just give us a call and schedule an appointment to come and see us. We’ll have you fixed up in no time at all.
Gingivitis itself is a relatively minor condition that doesn’t pose a serious health hazard. Unfortunately, if it’s left unchecked, it can lead to periodontal disease, which is a much bigger problem. In fact, periodontal disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in American adults.
The good news is that our gingivitis treatment near Merrifield, VA can keep things from progressing to that point. The central problem is plaque. No matter how regularly and vigorously you brush, and even with regular flossing, plaque is going to build up over time. That’s why our treatments are an essential component to good oral health, but those treatments don’t, or shouldn’t, exist in isolation. There are a number of additional things you can do from home that will also serve to lower your risk. Here are some of them:
Brush At Least Twice Daily – Most people are in the habit of brushing their teeth at least once a day. Sadly, that’s just not enough. We recommend brushing two to three times a day and flossing each time you brush.
Don’t worry, these days, flossing is a whole lot faster, easier and more convenient than it used to be, thanks to the invention of the amazing floss pick. Some of them even come in flavors, which is an unexpected bonus.
Pay More Attention To The Toothpaste You’re Using – It’s a pretty common practice in many households to buy whatever toothpaste is on sale, but that’s not the best approach. Some brands contain additives that can improve gum health, and others minimize the buildup of plaque. While this won’t negate the need for periodic gingivitis treatment near Merrifield, VA, it will help reduce your risk of infection, which is huge in its own right.
Stop Smoking – If you’re a smoker and you’ve been looking for a good reason to quit, try this one on for size: Smokers are seven times more likely to suffer from gum infections than non-smokers. That’s pretty compelling, and quitting can make a big difference in the health of your gums.
Don’t Stress – Many of the dangers of stress are well-understood. For example, most people are aware that stress increases your risk of heart disease. What fewer people realize, however, is that stress also damages your immune system. Since gum disease is an infection, your body is going to have a harder time fighting it off if you’re stressed out.
Improve Your Diet – We are what we eat. If you’re not eating a balanced diet, then you’re not giving your body the materials it needs to stay healthy. Over the longer term, that’s going to compromise your immune system just like stress will. Eat right, bolster your immune system, ward off illness, and infection. It’s just that simple.
Again, none of these things will negate the need for periodic gingivitis treatment near Merrifield, VA, but they’ll all contribute to better overall oral health and better health in general. Once we’ve got you back to good oral health, if you like, we can map out a strategy to give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
If you’re already happy with the quality of your smile, not a problem, but you should know that we offer a full range of both general and cosmetic dentistry services, so we’ve got you covered if you want to explore the possibilities.
We’ve also worked hard to expand the number of insurance carriers we work with, so the odds are excellent that we accept your insurance. Here’s the list of the carriers we currently work with:
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield
- Cigna’s Total DPPO plan
- Delta Dental
- Lincoln Financial Group
- Sun Life
- And all United Concordia dental plans except those offered to active military members
If you didn’t see your insurance company on the list above, we also accept both the Citi Health Card and Care Credit. If you don’t have either of those or any dental insurance at all, you can still get the care you need. We’ll enroll you in our Platinum Membership Program so you’ll have access to discounted rates on most of the services we provide.
Finally, we understand that you lead a busy life, and finding the time to get the treatments you need can be a real challenge. That’s why we keep our office open late several days a week, so you don’t have to miss work or use up one of your vacation days just to come into the office. Currently, 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 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Sunday: Our office is closed on Sunday
The bottom line is simply this: Whatever your needs are where your dental needs are, we’ll be here for you. Call us or stop by today!