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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Office is great. Love dr freedman and Josh is 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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I have been coming to Dr Freedman for 13 years now and I plan on continuing to visit Dr Freedman until I am forced to change because he retires.
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I was able to obtain an appointment for a dental cleaning as a new patient quickly and I was seen right on time on the day of the appointment. The hygienist, Maria was gentle but thorough. Dr […]
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This practice is wonderful, especially Josh! He is so caring and kind to his patients and makes them feel so comfortable. I am so glad I found this office and will definitely be a long time patient!!!
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Karen (hygienist) did an amazing job on my teeth, her professionalism is top notch. Dr. Andrew was very kind and gentle when doing the exam on me. Shannon, the front desk lady, was easy to work with, […]
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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 […]
Drew W.
Known him for 30 years as my family’s dentist. Helped me raise two kids.
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My family and I have been using Brad + his staff for over 25 years. He has been a loyal doctor, friend and support system for us. His staff exemplifies the absolute best customer service and […]
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Easy, thorough, and really enjoyable checkup experience. Josh is amazing. Dr. Fred man answers any questions and is clear and personal.
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Everyone is fabulous. I have had horrible experiences with other dentists, but everyone here from the hygienists to the front desk girls to the doctors are amazing. I recommend this practice to […]
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I have been coming here for over 10 years and Dr. Brad Freedman is wonderful very friendly and pleasant. The service is outstanding. If you are looking for a dentist I would come here.
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Dr. Freedman has taken care of my teeth for years and I have always been pleased with the care and service I have received.
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