Vienna Family Dental and Facial Esthetics
Rudolph and Paino, DDS, PLLC

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Periodontal Disease

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When it comes to your dental care, you may have more questions than answers, and that's okay!

We expect and welcome questions because we know that informed patients tend to enjoy better oral health. When we know what's on your mind, we can provide the guidance you need to make confident decisions about your oral care. 

We get a lot of questions, and here are a few that we hear most frequently. If you have a question and don't see it answered here, please don't hesitate to call us at (703) 281-7104 or email us using our convenient online contact form.

Periodontal Disease

It’s common to have a cavity without feeling any discomfort. Cavities start as a small spot of decay in a tooth and continue to spread and grow without treatment.

This is one reason why we so strongly encourage routine preventive exams. Seeing you at six-month intervals allows us to monitor your oral health and stay a step ahead of problems like decay.

Today, in addition to routine visual exams, we use state-of-the-art technology like digital x-rays that can help us locate decay early on. The high-resolution images produced with these x-rays show us even the tiniest cavities and allow us to resolve the problem in the most conservative manner possible.

If we wait to treat a tooth until you experience discomfort, the odds are that significant damage has already occurred. The longer you put off treatment, the more complicated the problem becomes and more invasive procedures will be necessary to correct it.  Our job is to catch and treat problems before they become symptomatic.

In a perfect world, you would brush and floss conscientiously, see your dentist for semi-annual exams and cleanings, and never get a cavity. At Vienna Family Dental and Facial Esthetics, we do our best to make our practice a warm, friendly, and welcoming environment to help you feel good about visiting us. Please call us to learn how we can help you enjoy a healthy, problem-free smile.

Have you noticed lately that people tend to keep their distance when you talk to them?

We tend to think of bad breath as something caused by smelly foods like garlic and onions, which can happen to anyone. But if your chronic bad breath is taking a toll on your social life, there are probably other contributing factors.

Improper oral hygiene:  The most common cause of halitosis (chronic bad breath) is improper oral hygiene. Food particles can get trapped in your teeth and gums and collect bacteria that smell bad. If you don’t brush and floss properly, the particles sit in your mouth and cause the unpleasant odor.

Reduced saliva production:  The production of saliva is necessary to help wash away and eliminate bacteria. If you suffer from chronic dry mouth, you may also notice bad breath.

Stress:  Stress and anxiety can cause dry mouth, which also leads to a decrease in saliva production, which in turn leads to a buildup of the bacteria that create odors. 

Most often, bad breath is simply the result of a buildup of bacteria in your mouth, which causes inflammation and produces an odor that smells like sulfur.

If bad breath has become a problem for you, please call our Vienna, VA dental office, and one of our doctors will be happy to pinpoint the problem and provide appropriate treatment.

Many people believe it’s the sugar they consume that causes tooth decay. It’s true that sugar is bad for your teeth, but it’s only part of the problem.

As you go through your day, a sticky film called plaque builds up on your teeth. Plaque attracts bacteria, which feed on the sugar in your mouth and produce acid as a byproduct. If you don’t interrupt the process by brushing, rinsing your mouth, or chewing sugarless gum, the acid eats away at your dental enamel, and you get a cavity.

Tooth decay needs to be treated as soon as possible, which is why we strongly emphasize the importance of routine dental exams and cleanings. Finding decay in its earliest stages allows us to treat it while it is still small and before it causes you discomfort.

If decay isn’t treated, it will continue to eat away at your tooth and result in an infection, severe pain, and even tooth loss.

At Vienna Family Dental and Facial Esthetics, we do everything we can to support your oral health with preventive services to stay a step ahead of problems. We also offer esthetic restorative treatments if something goes wrong.

If you would like to protect yourself against decay or worry that you may already have a cavity, please call us to arrange a convenient appointment with one of our dentists. 

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