Your gums are not just important to your smile — they are also important to the rest of your body. Your gums provide support for your teeth, and they also keep your mouth and body safe from the harmful bacteria in your mouth. That bacteria can cause you to lose your teeth and bone mass in your jaw. It can also contribute to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and create complications for people who live with diabetes.
Gum disease can be caused by a number of different factors, but the biggest culprit is often the plaque and tartar that will cause your gums to swell and allow more plaque to build up below the gumline. The symptoms of gum disease include bright red or even blue gums and gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth. You may also notice a receding gumline, loose teeth or even bad breath. Depending on how advanced your gum disease is, our dentists may suggest improving your oral hygiene routine, changing your lifestyle or a deep cleaning. If your gum disease is more advanced, you may need a more aggressive periodontal treatment in Fairfax, Virginia, such as Chao Pinhole® surgery.