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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The staff is always professional, extremely friendly, and answers any questions you have. I have been coming here since I was a kid!
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I’ve been a patient of Brad Freedman for 25+ years. I’m very confident every time that I go in for care/treatment that it will be the most thorough and excellent care that one can receive. You […]
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I have been going to Dr. Freedman since I was two years old and I am now 18. He is a great dentist and always takes good care of me. Special thanks to Josh for keeping my teeth clean.
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Admittedly, dentist are my least favorite doctors. Ashamed – it has been some time since I sat in ‘the’ chair. Dr. Freedman came highly recommended (Sanya) – took months – but I took the […]
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Both Dr. Brad & Dr. Andrew are amazing! They are so friendly and patient! I’ve had a somewhat complicated dental adventure and they have been very supportive. It is clear that they want me to […]
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I have been a patient of Dr. Freedman since 1990 and never have I had a bad experience. The staff is always welcoming and helpful and Dr. Freedman has always provided the best service. He’s […]
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Brad is by far the best dentist in the area. The office is very efficient and the staff are very personable. Brad does a great job of listening to his patients and is very professional. Highly […]
Brian B.
The examination was great,my tech Maria did a wonderful job.It was nice that that Dr Freedman came in to check to see how the exam was going.
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WOW! Fabulous all around … from the moment you make the first call to the moment you leave the office. Dr. Freedman and his staff are top notch!
Diane C.
Known him for 30 years as my family’s dentist. Helped me raise two kids.
Gary M.
I originally came in with significsnt pain, the staff were wonderful. They have an excellent bed side manner and the care has been outstanding. Piano is long gone and my teeth are in better shape […]
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I have been with DR Bad for 25 years . I am extremelty grateful for the care Dr Brad and the team have done for me over the years. I have made numerous referrals and each has been exreemly satisfied […]
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Josh did a wonderful job cleaning my teeth. He was quick yet thorough. I would highly recommend this practice to friends and family.
Kevin R.
I’ve been going here for over a decade and some change and all the staff and friendly and very helpful
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The best dentist I’ve ever been to. He’s very open and honest about what is needed, and helps guide your decisions. He doesn’t jump to the most expensive process like most dentists. You can […]
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