When it comes to our dental health, most patients focus on the appearance of their teeth. But did you know that gum health is just as important if no more so? The gums actually support and nourish the teeth. If they are damaged or compromised by gum disease, the health, and stability of your teeth are in danger. Dr. Jeffries and the dental care team at Herndon Family & Cosmetic Dentistry will monitor the health of your gums when you visit with us regularly. Routine dental care is a key factor in avoiding gum disease throughout your life.

Why Is Gum Health Important?

Our gums play a couple of significant roles in the enjoyment of good oral health and physical wellness. Gum tissue is the support structure for our teeth and tooth roots. The gums also create a barrier between the harmful bacteria often found in our mouths and our bloodstream. This protects our immune system and prevents internal inflammation. Both of these roles are also supporting good overall health and reducing our risk of oral disease and the effects of internal inflammation. Studies have shown that poor oral health and especially advanced periodontitis can impact heart health, cognitive health and raise the risk of tooth loss. Our goal is to help you identify your unique risk factors for gum disease and to provide personalized care and recommendations to manage them between visits.

Do I Have Gum Disease?

Gum disease is both “silent” and progressive and most people will not realize they have it until more serious complications have developed. There are several common signs that you may be developing gingivitis or early-stage gum disease. If you notice that your gums bleed when brushing, they appear red or swollen, or are receding, it is important to seek dental care. Dr. Jeffries can evaluate the condition of your gums and conservative treatment is often effective when caught early. If you can see pockets forming around the tooth roots, have noticed an increased sensitivity to temperature, or feel that your teeth are shifting, more advanced gum disease may be present. We offer periodontal treatment to restore gum health and can coordinate any necessary oral surgical care with a local specialist if there is significant tissue damage.

Visit Our Herndon Dentist Office

If you are looking for a dentist in Herndon VA or have concerns about the health of your smile due to lack of dental care we welcome you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeffries. Maintaining the health of your gums will allow you to enjoy optimal oral health.