How to Avoid Gum Disease During National Gum Care Month and Beyond


According to the ADA, almost half of adults over the age of 30 in the U.S. suffer from gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). At Greg L. LaVecchia, DMD, PC we are proud of our expert dental team that includes an in-house periodontist — Dr. Yousef Aboosi, who specializes in gum health.


Periodontal disease refers to the inflammation of the gums, the tissue that surrounds and supports your teeth. It is caused by a sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on your teeth and is particularly worsened by eating sugary and starchy food. This sticky film is called plaque and if not removed properly can lead to calculus build up along and under your gum line. Calculus can only be removed by your dentist and not by brushing and flossing alone.


Symptoms of gum disease


  • Bleeding gums

  • Red gums

  • Swollen gums

  • Receding gums

  • Constant bad breath

  • Loose teeth

  • Painful gums


How to Avoid Gum Disease


Plaque is removed by daily brushing and flossing — ideally after every meal. If plaque is not removed, it can cause your gums to pull away from your teeth, forming pockets in which more bacteria can collect, worsening the issue.


In order to remove plaque and hardened calculus, you must visit your Rosslyn dentist regularly to have your teeth professionally cleaned. Our cleanings are quick and pain free, and our team can accommodate any sensitivities you may have.


These check ups will also allow Dr. LaVecchia and Dr. McIntire to identify any symptoms of gum disease and refer you to Dr. Aboosi if required. Having our own periodontist at our Rosslyn dental office is very convenient for our patients, so we are lucky to have him onsite!


Apart from a great oral hygiene routine, it’s important to take care of yourself in other ways including making healthy choices, such as not smoking or chewing tobacco products, as well as eating a balanced diet that’s low in plaque-causing sugar.


Knowing the symptoms of gum disease is also important so that if you notice any changes in between your check-ups, you can give our dental team in Rosslyn a call so we can see you in between your regular check ups and ensure issues aren’t left untreated for long. If you are concerned about gum disease, make an appointment today!