Brad M. Freedman, DDS & Associates
4604-D Pinecrest Office Park Dr, Alexandria, VA 22312

Treatment For Gingivitis and Gum Disease in Alexandria, VA

Fight Gingivitis and Gum Disease with Expert Care in Alexandria.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, affects more than three-quarters of all Americans over the age of 35. This number includes those exhibiting symptoms of any phase of the disease–from early stage gingivitis and beyond.

The causes of gum disease.

Gum disease is typically caused by the growth of bacteria, better known as plaque. When plaque doesn’t get removed during routine dental visits, it builds up on the surface of the teeth. Eventually, it will irritate the gums and destroy the tissue around the teeth. Once plaque is allowed to build up, it releases acids that harden into tartar. This tartar can be particularly difficult to remove, even with regular brushing. If not removed professionally by your Brad M. Freedman, DDS & Associates dentist, it will build up on teeth and gums, leading to the inflammation that causes gingivitis.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is an early stage of periodontal disease and therefore the easiest to treat. Most people will develop some form of gingivitis during their lifetimes. In its earliest phases, gingivitis can be easily missed since its symptoms are somewhat subtle. It’s important, however, to catch gingivitis while it can be treated and reversed. Regular dental care is a must to prevent the disease from worsening.

Symptoms of gum disease.

Periodontal disease, once progressed, should be easy to spot. If you notice red, swollen, and soft gums, there’s a good chance you already have some form of gum disease. You may also experience gum soreness or sensitivity to touch. Bleeding and mouth sores are other warning signs. If you notice any of these symptoms, see your Brad M. Freedman, DDS & Associates dentist immediately. We’ll help you prevent the disease from spreading and causing further damage to teeth and gums.

Once symptoms of gum disease are present.

Generally speaking, the earlier gum disease is treated, the better the outcome. Once the disease has developed, it can lead to serious complications, including tooth loss. This is why routine dental cleanings are so important. If you already exhibit signs of gum disease, seek immediate treatment. Your Brad M. Freedman, DDS & Associates dentists are the experts at stopping the spread of gingivitis and more serious periodontal disease before it causes irreparable damage.

Treatment for gum disease.

If your Brad M. Freedman, DDS & Associates dentist notices signs of gum disease, the goal will be to keep the disease under control. Depending on how far the disease has progressed, she or he may recommend behavioral modifications as well as deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. Regular periodontal care is a must. In some cases, you may also be prescribed medications, or even require surgery. Whatever your dentist recommends, it’s important to follow through with regular daily care at home.

Prevention of gum disease.

As with most diseases, prevention is by far the best treatment for gingivitis and gum disease. If you haven’t yet experienced symptoms, make sure you get regular dental check-ups and routine cleanings. This will prevent disease-causing plaque from building up on the surface of your teeth and gums. With regular, professional dental care and good oral hygiene, you can prevent the plaque that causes more serious gum disease, or catch it before it leads to further complications such as tooth loss.

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Always a great experience…Dr. Freedman is awesome and Maria is the best!!! Highly recommend this practice!!!
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Dr Freedman was referred to me by a friend after my previous dentist retired. Dr Freedman’s upbeat personality, his expertise and his staff have made me feel like a longtime patient after just a […]
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I’ve been going here for a long time and always have a great experience! Everyone is very friendly and very attentive during every appointment.
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I was concerned how it would go since my wife Pat has Alzheimer disease, but she was put entirely at ease while her cavity was filled in their usual professional manner. Dr. Freedman and associates […]
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Been seeing Dr. Freedman for about 12 years. Could not recommend them highly enough. Front office staff, Josh my hygienist, and of course Dr Freedman. All top notch!
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I have been using Dr. Freedman for years, and he has been wonderful. His work is unique and perfectly done. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
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A great experience! The best I have had in many years. X-rays, through exam and cleaning. That’s why you go to the dentist. Not to bullied into whitening, braces, veneers, etc etc. They offer those […]
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As always, the customer care at Brad Freedman, DDS office is wonderful. They take great care in making your experience professional but still keeping it very friendly and comforting. This is […]
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My appointment yesterday was excellent, as my appointments gave been for the last 20 years. Going to the dentist is my least favorite activity, but the level of professionalism, expertise and […]
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Our family have been patients at this clinic for the past 15 years. Dr. Freedman is always cheerful and, more importantly, thorough. His positive attitude is reflected by his staff, including front […]
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As always. most excellent.
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Dr. Freedman has been my dentist for well over 20 years. He, his associates, and all of the dental hygienists are the best.
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My fiance recommend Dr Friedman, as he has been his dentist for many years. The atmosphere is professional, clean and neat, yet warm and inviting. Same with the staff and Dr. Freedman. I am a case […]
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Dr. Freedman and Dr. Andrew always take great care of me and my family! They make going to the dentist fun and painless. Had a conflict with my original appointment but they were able to accommodate […]
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I feel so cared about and that my teeth are valued with this dental office. Karen has been helping me learn my “home” care and the last 1 1/2 years have proven that I can do this. I look forward […]
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