McLean Periodontics & Your Health
Every patient gets examined for potential signs of gum disease, through our salivary diagnosis. The medical field is paying special attention to gum disease because of its suspected link to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, low birth weight babies and other serious conditions. An oral DNA test can reveal the types of bacteria present in your mouth. With her focus on McLean periodontics, Dr. Han can evaluate your personal risk factor for gum disease, and if necessary, create an effective treatment plan for you.
To control periodontal disease, or protect patients who are at advanced risk of infection or disease, Dr. Han performs deep cleanings. These visits involve hand scaling and root planing – the best way to rid teeth and gums of bacteria and plaque. Oftentimes, Dr. Han will recommend these visits to her office 3 or 4 times a year, to prevent infection or the progression of gum disease.
Healthy Smiles Need Healthy Gums and Bones
- Gums need to be free of bacteria and infection
- Daily hygiene (gentle brushing and diligent flossing) can help curb your risk of gum disease
- Once you have periodontal disease, you need close attention and frequent hygiene visits to maintain your condition
- Healthy gums showcase beautiful teeth, unhealthy gums appear unattractive
Gum disease can also particularly affect people who are pregnant or diabetic. Gum disease affects more than gums and teeth, because oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream and the rest of your body through bleeding gums.
Once present in the bloodstream, this bacteria may cause increased plaque and weakened arterial walls of your heart, not to mention other serious risks. You can protect your health through salivary diagnosis, which is part of the potentially life-saving periodontics by McLean dentist, Dr. Han.
Periodontal Treatment: Surgical and Non-surgical
Non-surgical gum treatments protect gums that have moderate or minor risk of infection. These McLean periodontic visits include hand scaling and root planing – where one of our talented hygienists removes built-up plaque or calculus from your teeth and gums. If you have a more advanced case of gum disease, surgical treatments such as gum grafting, bone grafting, regenerative procedure (Guided Tissue Regeneration) or crown lengthening can improve your condition.
Dr. Han has a postdoctoral specialty certificate in periodontics (3 year residency) and has been recognized as a board certified periodontist by American Board of Periodontics and he can assure your comfort and the best treatment for your individual case. For advanced cases of periodontal disease, Dr. Han works closely with each patient and listens to individual needs to provide the best care possible.
Here are some warning signs of gum disease:
- Bleeding gums during brushing or eating
- An increasing space between teeth
- Tender or swollen gums
- Receding gums (gums that are pulling away from teeth)
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Changes in your bite, or the way teeth fit together
- Sores in your mouth
- Inflammation of gums
If you are concerned about your risk of gum disease, request a McLean periodontics appointment with Dr. Han today.
Dr. Daniel Han provides comprehensive care for periodontics in McLean for Great Falls, Tyson’s Corner, Vienna, Fairfax, and Arlington, VA.