Dental Health News

National Gum Care Month is designed to increase public awareness around the protection and preservation of our gum health. With gum disease being the #1 cause of tooth loss, keeping the public informed on the latest research is helpful not only for the health of your mouth – but your entire well-being.

Studies are published each year linking oral health to our overall health. Gum disease is a systemic disease that is related to the body’s reaction to bacteria and thus can have far-reaching effects on our overall health. Preventing gum disease can help in the protection against other systemic inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and autoimmune conditions. In addition to taking steps to prevent gum disease from occurring in the first place, it’s important to be aware of the warning signs for gum disease, which include:

  • Gums that appear red or swollen
  • Gums that feel tender
  • Gums that bleed easily (during brushing or flossing)
  • Gums that recede or pull away from the teeth
  • Persistent halitosis, or bad breadth
  • Loose teeth
  • Any change in the way teeth come together in a biting position

Preserve and protect your gums

Gum disease can be prevented largely by developing consistent personal dental hygiene habits, maintaining a healthy diet, and regular professional cleanings. Personal dental hygiene requires brushing (teeth, gums, and tongue) and flossing thoroughly two times a day. Incorporating these habits into your daily routine can be helpful:

  • Brush your teeth and tongue – at least twice a day. While two times a day is recommended, consider brushing after all meals. This helps to remove food debris and plaque. Don’t forget to include your tongue, bacteria loves to hide there.
  • Floss. Flossing at least once a day helps removes food particles and plaque between teeth and along the gum line. These are often areas that your toothbrush can’t quite reach.
  • Swish with mouthwash. Using a mouthwash can help reduce plaque and remove remaining food particles that brushing and flossing missed.

Remember to recognize your risks. Age, smoking, diet, and genetics can all play a role in a risk assessment for gum disease. If you are at increased risk, be sure to take the time to talk with your dentist and healthcare team about any concerns and steps to reduce your risk.

Questions about your gum health?

At our Midlothian dental office, Drs. Richard and Will Vacca are always available to answer your questions or concerns. Whether you have a general question or specific issue, feel to call or schedule a consultation at our Midlothian dental office by calling (804) 739-9191.

Patient Notification | Open for Routine Appointments

MAY 1, 2020 | Dental Practice Reopening Notice

Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

With the executive order to limit appointments to emergencies only now lifted, our dental practice will open for routine care beginning Monday, May 4th.

Infection control has always been a top priority at our practice. Our office follows all infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We regularly monitor guidelines to ensure we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance. 

You’ll notice a  few changes when it is time for your next appointment. Our office will communicate with you beforehand to go over the added safety steps. Rest assured, all is being done for your safe and stress-free experience in our office. 


  • We ask that you please arrive wearing a face covering
  • Answer our Covid-19 related screening questions when you arrive
  • Use hand sanitizer provided (throughout our office)
  • Wait in your car after check-in (if possible)

You will see that our waiting room no longer offers magazines, children’s toys, and other items that can be difficult to clean and disinfect.  Appointments will be managed to allow for proper distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment. We are doing our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the office at any one time. 

We look forward to seeing you soon and are happy to answer any questions you may have. Please call our office 739-9191 to schedule your appointments. Remember, keeping your mouth healthy is critical to your overall health and wellbeing. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming you back. 

New Dental Wellness Plan

No insurance? No problem! At Vacca Family Dentistry, we believe everyone deserves to receive high quality dental health care – regardless of your age, income, or dental needs.  As a member of our Dental Wellness Plan, you save on your important regular cleanings and exams – as well as dental services such as fillings, crowns, dentures, root canals, implants and more. This plan is for patients without dental insurance and can not be combined.  If you have lost your dental insurance or you are seeking an alternate option to having dental insurance, call are office to learn more at (804) 739-9191.