Hyattsville Dental Care

General Dentist located in Hyattsville, MD

Nearly 50% of all Americans have some form of periodontal disease by the age of 30, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At Hyattsville Dental Care in Hyattsville, Maryland, George Harding, DDS, and the highly skilled team provide comprehensive periodontal care to protect and treat your gums. To learn more about periodontics, call Hyattsville Dental Care or schedule an appointment online today.

Periodontics Q & A

What is periodontics?

Periodontics is an area of dentistry that focuses on inflammatory conditions that affect the soft tissues of your mouth, particularly the gums. Periodontists train extensively to prevent, diagnose, and treat periodontal conditions, such as gum disease (periodontal disease). 

The primary role of the gums and underlying bone is to hold your teeth firmly in place. Without a healthy foundation, your teeth have no support system. 

Periodontal diseases can leave your teeth vulnerable to damage and decay. Left untreated, unhealthy gums can even lead to permanent tooth loss.

Who needs periodontics?

Individuals with poor gum health can benefit from periodontics. The most common reason people seek periodontal care is to treat gum disease. There are two different types of gum disease that your dentist at Hyattsville Dental Care can treat:


Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, is a mild form of periodontal disease. The condition typically causes redness and inflammation, but your teeth are still firmly intact. With early intervention, the effects of gingivitis are reversible. 


Periodontitis is an advanced type of gum disease. If you have periodontitis, your gums may recede and loosen their firm hold on your teeth. Eventually, the disease can lead to tooth loss. While the effects of periodontitis aren’t reversible, they are treatable with professional periodontal care.

What causes periodontal disease?

The primary cause of periodontal disease is plaque, a sticky type of bacteria that accumulates on the teeth. If your gums aren’t healthy enough, plaque can penetrate the gum line and eat away at the underlying supporting structures. 

Anybody can develop periodontal disease, but some are more vulnerable than others. Common risk factors for gum disease include:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Tobacco use
  • Diabetes
  • Crooked teeth
  • Untreated tooth decay
  • Poor-fitting restorations (crowns, fillings, etc.)
  • Pregnancy
  • Stress
  • Immunodeficiency 

The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to practice good oral hygiene and visit the team at Hyattsville Dental Care for regular teeth cleanings.

How do I know if I need periodontics?

If you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease, you may benefit from periodontics. Common signs of periodontal disease include:

  • Redness
  • Inflammation
  • Gum recession
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Pain when chewing
  • Bleeding gums
  • Tenderness
  • Halitosis (bad breath)

Over time, advanced periodontal disease can even change your bite, the way your teeth fit together.

What are the most common treatments in periodontics?

Early intervention is key when treating periodontal disease. If you’re showing signs of unhealthy gums, the team at Hyattsville Dental Care can provide helpful tips on how to prevent gum disease. 

The most common treatments for gum disease include:

  • Brushing and flossing twice a day
  • Bi-annual teeth cleanings
  • A healthy diet
  • Scaling and root planing

Scaling and root planing is a treatment to clean and disinfect the pockets of plaque that can form beneath the gum line. Your dentist removes the pockets of plaque, then smooths the root to reattach the gums to your teeth.

To learn more about periodontics, call Hyattsville Dental Care or book an appointment online now.