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Are your gums extra sensitive? Do they bleed easily? If so, you may have gum disease, a damaging oral condition caused by plaque.

When residual food particles are left in the mouth, they form plaque—the filmy layer on your teeth. Plaque then becomes a hardened tarter that builds up along your gum lines, resulting in gingivitis.

Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. It often causes gums to bleed during brushing and flossing. Gums might also look red or inflamed, and many people with gingivitis also struggle with chronic bad breath. Improvements to your oral hygiene routine and attending your regular dental checkup with Dr. Lida M. Vargas can often help to resolve gingivitis.

If gingivitis isn’t resolved in a timely manner, it can develop into the more dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth, forming pockets of infection near the roots of your teeth. Periodontitis can eventually even compromise the bone structure of your jaw.

At Virginia Dental Group, Dr. Lida M. Vargas specializes in different treatments for gum disease, including gingivectomy and scaling and root planning. If you suffer from gum disease in Fairfax, Virginia, don’t hesitate to contact her at 703-385-3800 to begin treatment.