How to Know if You’ve Got Gum Disease

dca-blog-gum-disease_1200x630

Did you know that gum disease is a common condition that is caused by deficient dental hygiene? And while many people think that gum disease is just another name for periodontal disease, they are really different conditions though they share many similarities.

Distinction between Gum Disease and Periodontal Disease

Gum disease directly strikes the gums surrounding the teeth. If left untreated, it can progress into periodontal disease by spreading and infecting the bones supporting the teeth. People with severe cases can actually suffer from both burdens at the same time. Luckily, an affordable dentist can usually treat both conditions simultaneously.

Symptoms of Strife

Gum disease reveals itself in a variety of ways. Some experience painful symptoms, while others are shocked when their dentist finds it. If you notice any of these warning signs, make an appointment with an affordable dentist immediately to prevent its progression. The most common indications include:

  • Redness, swelling, or tenderness in your gums
  • Gums that bleed very easily, especially when brushing and flossing
  • Receded gums
  • Bad breath
  • Poor taste in the mouth
  • White spots on the gums
  • Pus between gums and teeth
  • Shift in the alignment or spacing of the teeth
  • Partial dentures start to fit uncomfortably

A Dental Diagnosis

Only a dentist can detect if you’re facing gum disease or the more severe state of periodontal disease. Dentists usually use these methods to detect your degree of dental distress:

  • Your Gums Give it Away – Your gums speak volumes about your current dental health. That’s why your dentist will check them for swelling, redness, and bleeding.
  • Gaps in Gums – Expect your dentist to use a periodontal probe to check the depths of the pockets in the gums surrounding teeth. Deeper pockets indicate a more serious problem.
  • X-rays Mark the Spot – X-rays can offer proof of periodontal disease by detecting any bone loss.
  • Investigating Sensitive Spots – Any sensitivity near the gum line may be a sign of gum recession, which often indicates gum disease.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Virginia, call Dental One Associates of Virginia today at (855) 979-3337 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Virginia. With 6 affiliated practices throughout Virginia, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Virginia, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Virginia.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Jennifer is always on time and friendly. Knowledgeable and thorough.
Jennifer S.
The staff and dentists are very professional.
Maureen F.
I have been a patient of Dr. Miller for many years. He is a perfectionist in his field and he always insures that a procedure is done exactly right. I know it doesn’t come any better than that!
Sarah D.
My family has been going to this dental office for over 10 years. The staff, the attentiveness, and their approach is the best. Dr. Z, the dental hygienists and the administrative staff are great. We […]
Damaris P.
Always professional
Barbara C.
Staff was very friendly and courteous. My dentition was efficient and competent. I was very pleased with my visit.
Edward S.
Friendly staff, great dentist and doctor, clean to the dot. Would never go to another dentist!!
Joana L.
Appointment on time. Nice dentist. Good x-ray technician.
Janell W.
Been going for years, always outstanding service!
Jeannine B.
Very professional, gave me the price up front, dentist was personable and friendly.
Stephen R.
All of the staff are caring, professional, and go out of their way to ensure that your experience is a great one!
Linda W.
Dr. Miller’s talent, caring manner and expertise.
Audrey M.
This is a great practice. The staff is very professional, and the dentist took time to explain what my regular dentist did not.
Kreative B.
Terrified of the dentist due to a bad experience. Dr. Z and Rhea made me feel so at ease and the staff members were just as great. I only wish I had found your office much sooner. I will definitely […]
Linda W.
Overall friendliness and thorough explanations.
Donovan E.
I have been with Dental One Associates for many years, and I wouldn’t go anywhere else. Every member of the staff is great, and I especially like Tyshia, who takes great care of me. Five stars!
Shelly S.
Everyone was very friendly and helpful- Made me forget I was at the dentist
Sandra M.
I feel my Cleaning by Masoon was very good and my Dental Check-up by Dr Miller was great. Both of them treated me very nice and made me feel welcome to be there.
Cheryl R.
The office staff is very friendly and helpful. Also the dentist does great work and has a good bedside manner.
Kandy M.
Everyone makes me feel at ease
Camille H.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here