Periodontics Specialist

Quality Dental Center Inc

Antonia Cofer, DDS

General Dentistry located in Washington, DC

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, affects more than your oral structures. It’s closely linked to serious overall health concerns, including heart disease and stroke. At Quality Dental Center Inc. in Washington, DC, the skilled team of periodontists diagnoses and treats moderate to severe cases of gum disease with advanced technology, such as pinhole procedures and laser treatment, that targets inflamed soft tissue. If you notice common symptoms, such as bleeding or swollen gums, call the office or schedule an appointment with the online booking tool today.

Periodontics Q & A

What is a periodontist?

A periodontist is a dental professional who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease or more commonly known as gum disease. Affecting nearly half of American adults, gum disease refers to the inflammation or infection of the connective soft tissue that holds your teeth in place.

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gum line
  • Bad breath
  • Tender or sensitive gums
  • Dark red or swollen gums

At Quality Dental Center Inc., the skilled team of dental professionals can help curb the progression of gum disease. It’s critical to face gum disease head-on since it’s linked to serious overall health problems, including heart disease and stroke. Gum disease also increases your risk of tooth decay.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease is typically caused by poor oral hygiene habits, such as bad brushing and flossing. If you don’t brush and floss regularly, the bacteria in your food can leave a sticky, colorless plaque on your teeth. When the plaque hardens it turns into tartar, which accumulates in pockets. This can lead to inflammation or infection of your gums.

There are also certain factors that can increase your risk of developing gum disease, including diabetes, hormonal changes in women, tobacco use, and certain medications that limit the flow of saliva.

How does a periodontist treat gum disease?

At Quality Dental Center Inc., periodontists first attempt to employ conservative measures to reverse the effects of gum disease. Deep cleanings can help get rid of tartar that brushing and flossing on your own can’t reach. This can help slow the progression of gum disease and gradually heal the soft tissue.

In more severe cases, the team offers LANAP®, an FDA-cleared laser treatment for gum disease, and surgical options like pinhole procedures. Both treatments effectively target the source of the gum line inflammation without negatively impacting any healthy soft tissue.

Can gum disease be prevented?

One of the most effective ways to stop prevent gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene habits at home. The team at Quality Dental Center Inc recommends the Phillips Sonicare® electric toothbrush for optimal brushing. Also, make sure to maintain your regular visits to the office for checkups and professional cleanings. This type of preventive care can save you time and money in the long run.

If you do happen to notice signs of gum disease, get out in front of the problem and see a professional at Quality Dental Center Inc. Call the office or use the online scheduling tool to set up a time to come in.