Maintaining your gum health is vital to your overall health. When you visit our Sterling dental office for an examination, our trained hygienists perform a periodontal exam. In fact, during your examination, our team is quietly assessing your oral health by performing a number of checks. Here’s what you need to know about periodontal disease.
Many Names, One Illness
You may have heard periodontal disease referred to as gum disease or gingivitis. Periodontal disease is the inflammation and infection of your gums. These names are frequently used interchangeably.
Signs & Symptoms
Periodontal disease may be marked by swollen and red gums. Bleeding, especially while brushing and flossing, may also occur. Another symptom of periodontal disease is persistent bad breath. If you experience any of these symptoms regularly, please contact our Sterling dental office.
Periodontal Disease Can Impact Your Overall Health
Your gum health is linked to your overall health. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to bleeding gums, gum recession, and tooth loss. The effects of periodontal disease extend well beyond your mouth. In fact, according to the American Academy of Periodontology, the disease can increase your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
While you may think of your teeth as the primary reason to visit EverSmile Dentistry for a regular examination, understand that our team is looking beyond your teeth to assess your oral health and potential impacts on your overall health. Talk to our experienced Sterling dentist if you experience any signs or symptoms of periodontal disease. Our dentist is trained to identify signs of periodontal disease. When detected early and managed properly, periodontal disease is treatable.
For more information regarding your gum health, please contact EverSmile Dentistry, or schedule a visit to see our dentist in Sterling, VA.
Phone: (703) 450-1408
46400 Benedict Drive, Ste. 101
Sterling, VA 20164