Gum Disease and It’s Effects on Your Health

Gum disease affects millions of Americans but is known as the “silent disease” among dentists who treat it.

The majority of patients do not realize they have gum disease until it has begun to cause additional dental problems such as bleeding gums, gum recession or loose teeth. The gums serve as a foundation for the teeth and keeping them healthy is important for long term oral health and maintaining the integrity of the teeth.

Virginia Beach dentist Dr. Cappy Sinclair offers periodontal therapy for gum disease and emphasizes the importance of preventive dental care to enable he and his staff to spot problems like gum disease in the early stages when conservative treatment can be effective. During preventive care at Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Sinclair screens for early stage periodontal disease, known as gingivitis, and often recommends additional at home care to maintain gum health between visits.

For patients who have more advanced gum disease, Dr. Sinclair may suggest a scaling and root planing procedure which will remove plaque build up in the deeper pockets of the gums and around the tooth roots. This treatment is often effective in halting the progression of gum disease and with proper at home care will restore oral health.

Signs of gum disease:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Sore gums
  • Receding gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose or shifting teeth

If you notice any of the above signs or symptoms of gum disease, come in for a visit with Dr. Sinclair to address the problem and reduce the risk of further damage. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss!

Your dental health plays a role in your daily quality of life- patients with poor dental health raise the risk or severity of overall health issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and endocarditis. Keeping your smile healthy enables you to enjoy a varied diet and speak normally, two important factors in maintaining quality of life as we age.