Proper oral care is very important to prevent cavities and gum disease, but sometimes even those who practice good oral care can develop unhealthy gums. About 30% of the population are genetically susceptible to gum disease. Other risk factors are health conditions such as diabetes, autoimmune diseases (Lupus, Crohn’s disease, Rheumatoid arthritis), obesity, osteoporosis, or immunocompromising viruses (HIV, herpes). Pregnancy, poor diet, and certain medications, may also put you at risk for gum disease.
"As always, I was treated with the warm courtesy which is constant in this office. My cleaning and other dental issues were attended to immediately and professionally. . . . and I might add painlessly. Visiting the dentist used to be a dread. The care and attention I receive here has always been outstanding. It is now a pleasure to go."
We strongly believe in preventive dentistry as the best possible means of maintaining optimum oral health. Preventive dental care helps you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile by safeguarding against oral disease. We can prevent these diseases from happening in the first place or catch problems in their early stages when they are easier and less expensive to treat.
Our approach to preventive dental care includes routine cleanings and checkups as well as education and advice that can help you practice good oral hygiene at home.
At Rye Smiles for Life, we are dedicated to helping our patients live life to the fullest. Therefore, we are concerned not only with dental health but with the relationship of dental health to the overall health and well-being of our patients.
Many people do not know that the health of their teeth and gums can affect their overall health. Not only is periodontal (gum) disease a risk factor for many common health conditions, but those with poor general health tend to have more dental problems as well. Patients from McLean and throughout Fairfax County, Virginia, can trust in the skill of our cosmetic dentist, D. Gordon Rye, to determine if implant dentistry, periodontal care, or other dental procedures can help them achieve optimum health.
Modern medicine has demonstrated the connection between dental health and overall health, and with the knowledge and technology at our fingertips today dentists are capable of doing more than improving smiles; they can assist in improvements to overall health of their patients. Dr. Rye and his highly trained hygiene department have extensive knowledge and resources at their fingertips to ensure the best diagnostics and treatment to ensure optimal oral health, which we know has a strong connection to overall health.