Tidewater Dental: Gum Disease Therapy MD & WASHINGTON, D.C.

Healthy gums, happy smile

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A healthy smile, starts with healthy gums

Did you know gum disease is the primary cause of preventable tooth loss in adults? Gum disease is an infection that develops when bacteria-filled plaque and calculus accumulate under the gums. This bacteria leads to inflammation in the gums, which can harm your teeth, gums, and jaw bone. If left untreated, it can progress to painful inflammation, receding gums, bone loss, and tooth loss. 

Whether you have mild gingivitis symptoms or have experienced significant harm due to prolonged gum disease, our skilled team at Tidewater Dental can assist you.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is primarily caused by plaque accumulation on the gums and teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth and gums. Other factors that may contribute to the development of gum disease include:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Hormonal changes
  • Certain medications
  • Genetics
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Symptoms of Gum Disease

  • Bleeding gums after flossing or brushing 
  • Chronic bad breath 
  • Receding gums
  • Tender or swollen gums
  • Black triangles between your teeth
  • Teeth that feel loose

Think you may be suffering from gum disease? Visit one of our 6 locations to get an accurate diagnosis and suggest the most appropriate treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.

A strong foundation for a radiant smile

At Tidewater Dental, we welcome patients of all ages, regardless of how long it has been since their last visit. Our team is dedicated to providing a comfortable and stress-free experience.

  1. Schedule your visit
  2. Your first appointment will include a cleaning, exam, and x-rays
  3. We’ll evaluate the health of your teeth and determine a suitable treatment for you
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The future is now: laser gum disease treatment

In the past, gum disease treatments were often outdated and painful. Invasive surgical procedures were considered the standard of care. 

Not anymore!

LANAP is a cutting-edge and minimally invasive treatment option for gum disease that has proven to be effective. With LANAP, you can experience a fast recovery, improved comfort, and regain the health of your gums in a single 90-minute treatment session.

Why Choose Us?


We accept most insurance plans and offer flexible financing and payment options.

FREE teeth whitening for life

All of our patients are eligible for teeth whitening treatment, including new patients.

We treat patients of all ages

Efficient & friendly dental care that makes both adults and little ones feel good.

Same-day appointments

Experiencing an emergency? No need to worry. We’re here for you.

Frequently asked questions about gum disease treatment

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How common is gum disease?
Gum disease is extremely common. According to the CDC, more than 47% of adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease.
What is the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?
The term “gingivitis” refers to the early stages of gum disease when excessive plaque first forms around the tooth’s root, causing inflammation and pain in the gums. Gingivitis can progress to periodontitis if it is not treated. Small holes start to form between the teeth and gums at this point, allowing harmful germs to accumulate and cause bone loss.
What are the best gum disease treatments?
The majority of periodontal treatments include thorough at-home dental care regimens, deep cleaning of plaque, and closure of any gaps between the teeth and gums. Your gum disease dentist may advise surgical removal of the affected tissue and bone repair in more severe situations.
How can I prevent gum disease?
Daily at-home dental care, such as brushing, flossing, and using a good mouthwash, is the greatest approach to stave off gum disease. It’s also important to come in and get professional cleanings and exams twice a year.
Does my insurance cover gum disease treatment?
Many dental insurance plans will cover a percentage of your periodontal treatment. However, this depends on your unique insurance situation and whether or not you’ve reached your yearly cap. Our offices accept most dental insurance plans. We’ll help you understand what your plan covers and what costs to expect. To learn more about your coverage, contact us.

Hear from our patients

“Tidewater Dental is very nice — the staff is friendly and very professional. It has a family-like atmosphere. Highly recommended.”

— Allison O.

“Tidewater Dental is incredible! Our whole family uses them and we have recommended them to many friends and family. We have had great experiences with the front office, nurses, and the dentist.”

— Swann Family

“Tidewater Dental comfortably meets my dental needs. Cleanings and check ups are always a pleasant and safe experience. “

— Doug S.

Investing in your health goes a long way

We take care of all the details so you can focus on your health. Our offices accept most insurance plans. No insurance? Sign up for an annual Tidewater Dental Membership. Enjoy free x-rays, low-cost exams, and up to 50% off most other treatments. Membership starts at just $120/year!

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No insurance? We’ve got you.

Sign up for an annual Tidewater Dental Membership. Enjoy free x-rays, low-cost exams, and up to 50% off most other treatments. Membership starts at just $120/year!

Convenient & Efficient Appointments

We know you have a busy life, so we do all we can to ensure your experience at the dentist is simple and easy. We guarantee that your appointment will start on time and offer multiple locations and same-day appointments.

Our Locations

Tidewater Dental
Charlotte Hall

30320 Triangle Dr., Suite 4
Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
Get Directions

(301) 359-1717

Mon - Thu: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Fri: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Sat - Sun: CLOSED

Tidewater Dental

10113 Ward Rd.
Dunkirk, MD 20754
Get Directions

(301) 327-3314

Mon - Thu: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Fri: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Sat - Sun: CLOSED

Tidewater Dental
Washington, DC

4740 Connecticut Ave NW #102
Washington, DC 20008
Get Directions

(202) 537-0003

Mon - Thur: 7:00am -  5:00pm
Fri: 7:00am - 4:00pm
Sat - Sun: CLOSED

Tidewater Dental
Glen Burnie

1720 Crain Highway S., Suite 103
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Get Directions

(410) 761-0095

Mon - Thur: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Fri - Sun: CLOSED

Tidewater Dental

2830 Campus Way N. Suite 614
Lanham, MD 20706
Get Directions

(301) 955-9198

Mon - Thu: 7:00am - 5:00pm
Fri: 7:00am - 4:00pm
Sat - Sun: CLOSED

Tidewater Dental
Lexington Park

2134 Great Mills Rd.
Lexington Park, MD 20653
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(301) 862-3900

Mon - Thu: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Fri: 7:00am – 4:00pm
Sat - Sun: CLOSED

Tidewater Dental
Prince Frederick

700 Prince Frederick Blvd.
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
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(410) 414-8333

Mon - Thu: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Fri: 7:00am – 4:00pm
Sat - Sun: CLOSED

Tidewater Dental

13350 HG Trueman Rd.
Solomons, MD 20688
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(410) 326-4078

Mon - Thu: 7:00am - 5:00pm
Fri: 7:00am – 4:00pm

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Ready to put your best smile forward?