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Arlington, VA 22209

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Healthy Gums for a Healthy Smile

Your gums are the foundation of your teeth. They hold them in place, support the roots, and even protect the underlying bone. Just like a house, a tooth is only as strong as its foundation!

Gum Disease

Gum Disease

According to the CDC, half of American adults currently have some degree of gum disease. The beginning stage, known as gingivitis, is characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed every time you floss. Gingivitis is completely reversible with in-office treatments and proper home care. However, untreated gingivitis can progress to a more serious stage of gum disease known as periodontitis, which can cause tooth loss, infections, and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

If you have any degree of gum disease, we can help. Gum disease used to require surgery more often than not. While surgery is sometimes still the best option, Dr. LaVecchia can treat many cases with less invasive techniques first.

Deep Cleanings

One of the hallmarks of periodontal disease is receding gums. As the gums recede, the space between your gums and your teeth grows, creating what is known as a "perio pocket." Deep perio pockets make the tooth surface below the gumline more susceptible to the formation of plaque and tartar, which further irritates the already sensitive gums.

A deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, will break this cycle and allow the gums to heal and reattach to the tooth. Deep cleanings are much like standard cleanings, only we'll go below the gumline to remove plaque and damaged gum tissue from exposed areas.

Deep cleanings can seem intimidating, but they're an effective, affordable, and minimally-invasive way to treat mild to moderate gum disease. Even in the case of deep perio pockets, deep cleanings don't have to be uncomfortable. Our team is very gentle and will always let you control the pace of your treatment. We also offer minimal sedation, local anesthesia, and laughing gas to make your visit as pleasant as possible.

Local Antibiotic Treatment

Arestin® is an antibiotic powder that is placed inside a perio pocket to clear an infection right at the source. Unlike oral antibiotics that affect the entire body, Arestin allows us to focus our treatment on only the affected areas. Arestin stays in place for up to three weeks while the infection is reduced to a level that can be managed with regular dental cleanings.

Oral Cancer Screenings

Gum Disease

Oral cancer is actually curable in 80-90% of cases when it is caught in its early stages. The challenge with visual oral cancer screenings is that to the eye, early-stage oral cancer tissues are often indistinguishable from non-cancerous mouth tissues. Our solution? VELscope®. Screenings with VELscope are simple and painless, involving special light technology that has proven successful in identifying early-stage soft tissue abnormalities that can turn into oral cancer.

One American dies of oral cancer approximately every hour of every day. While tobacco and alcohol use are the primary lifestyle risk factors for oral cancer, surprisingly 27% of oral cancer victims do not use tobacco or alcohol, nor do they have any other lifestyle risk factors. That's in 4 people who develop oral cancer! Please come in for your screening. It only takes five minutes and could save your life!