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The Dangers of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, commonly called "gum" disease, can have a serious impact on your oral and general health. Fortunately, your Falls Church, VA, periodontists, Dr. Lourdes Christopher, and Dr. Mehrdad Favagehi of Falls Church Periodontics & Dental Implant Surgery offer treatments that will help you protect your gums.

How periodontal disease can affect you

Gum disease can:

  • Change Your Appearance: Periodontal disease may cause your gums to recede, exposing your sensitive tooth roots. If you've noticed that your teeth look a little longer than normal lately, receding gums may be the reason.
  • Cause Pain: Your gums become red, puffy, and sore if you have gum disease. Chewing can irritate your inflamed gums, making pain worse. You may also notice pain after eating or drinking hot, cold, or sugary foods and beverages if receding gums have exposed your roots.
  • Lead to Nutritional Deficiencies: If chewing hurts due to gum disease, you may decide that soft foods and liquids are better choices. Unfortunately, these foods and drinks may not contain the vitamins and nutrients you need for good health.
  • Loosen Your Teeth: Without treatment, you may develop a bacterial infection that attacks the bones and ligaments that hold your teeth in place. Periodontal disease may even cause you to lose your teeth if you don't receive treatment.
  • Damage Your Health: Gum disease can increase your risk of many serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke, pre-term labor, dementia, diabetes, and other diseases and conditions. Bacteria in your gums can travel to other parts of your body via your bloodstream, triggering inflammation that may cause or worsen health conditions.

Periodontal disease signs and symptoms

In addition to red, puffy, sore, or receding gums, other signs and symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Bad breath that persists no matter how often you brush or use mouthwash
  • A bad taste in your mouth
  • Bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth
  • Pockets around your teeth (These deep spaces form when gum tissue begins to pull away from teeth.)

Prompt treatment can help you avoid tooth and bone loss if you have any of these symptoms. When you visit the Falls Church, VA, office, your periodontist may recommend a dental cleaning or a deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums. Flap surgery or bone or tissue grafts may be needed if you have severe gum disease. You may also need to take antibiotics to treat a bacterial infection.

Do you have any of the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease? Call your periodontists in Falls Church, VA, Dr. Favagehi, and Dr. Christopher, of Falls Church Periodontics & Dental Implant Surgery, at (703) 237-3700 to schedule your appointment.

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