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Symptoms of Gum Disease - Annandale, VA

Periodontitis is the Most Common Cause of Tooth Loss In Adults

” Keeping My Natural Teeth With Gum Disease Treatment Has Been My Success Story ” – Howard

Gum Disease Affects More Than Just Your Smile

Periodontal disease (“gum disease”) is a condition that destroys the soft tissue and bony structural support around teeth. When infected, these areas recede and resorb, compromising the stability of the affected tooth/teeth.

But the same infection that causes bleeding gums and loose teeth also allows bacteria to spread through the mouth directly into the cardiovascular vessels, straining your overall immune system and raising inflammation throughout your body. Studies show that severe gum disease drastically increases the risk of major medical problems such as premature labor, heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. As a specialist in treating periodontitis for over 20 years, Drs. Wang and Lin are committed to looking after each patient as if they were a member of their own family. If you notice any of the common symptoms of gum disease, include bleeding gums, loose teeth, bad breath, painful gums, and receding gumlines, please contact us as soon as possible.

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Symptoms to Watch For:

  • Tooth mobility
  • Heavy tartar buildup
  • Bleeding gums
  • Halitosis
  • Swollen, painful gums
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Dr. William Wang Discusses Symptoms of Gum Disease and Long Term Effects

Why See a Periodontist?

Severe gum disease affects the structures deep below the gum tissues. Our Annandale, VA periodontal specialist focuses solely on treating these areas and incorporating various therapeutic methods such as gum grafting and laser therapy, for efficient and predictable results. Our goal is for each patient to enjoy a healthy smile and improved overall wellness as a result.

Before After

Periodontal Treatment Before and After

Gingivitis vs. Gum Disease

Gingivitis is mild inflammation of the gums that occurs when plaque biofilm is not efficiently removed with a toothbrush or floss each day. When that inflammation extends deeper into the tissues, the tiny ligaments that attach the gums to the teeth and bone start to deteriorate. This leads to a deep “pocket” under the gums, and gradual resorption of the underlying bone. When left untreated, severe forms of gum disease cause tooth loss as well as a chain-reaction that spreads from one tooth to the next.


Gum Disease

Bleeding gums when you brush or floss

Symptoms improve with better oral hygiene

Loose teeth

Gum recession (“long teeth”)

Can be managed with a routine dental cleaning

Requires gum disease treatment

Requires bone or gum grafting


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“I’m Able To Take Care Of My Gums Now After My Successful Gum Disease Treatment”


Gum Disease Patient

Seeing a Specialist Could Save Your Smile

Combatting gum disease, loose teeth, and painful gums takes more than extra brushing and flossing. Entrust your smile to
an experienced periodontist.