Gum disease is often called the “silent disease” by the dental community because many patients don’t realize that they have it until it begins to cause other dental problems. Approximately 75% of adults will experience gum disease at some time in their lives. At Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry in Virginia Beach, Dr. Cappy Sinclair emphasizes the importance of routine dental care in helping to prevent gum disease and the potential problems it can cause.
Routine visits allow Dr. Sinclair and his staff at Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry to spot gum disease in its early stages when conservative treatments are most effective. It also gives him the opportunity to educate his patients on the signs and symptoms of gum disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Sore gums
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
There can be a variety of reasons for bleeding gums, including hormonal changes during pregnancy for women, but in many situations bleeding gums are a sign that something is wrong and a trip to Dr. Sinclair is required.
In cases of gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, Dr. Sinclair may suggest the use of an antibacterial rinse after a thorough cleaning has been performed by the staff at Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry. In cases where gum disease is more advanced, Dr. Sinclair may recommend a procedure called scaling and root planing which removes plaque from all surfaces of the teeth and along the gum line.
Dr. Sinclair has incorporated some of the latest in dental technology, allowing him to offer high quality treatment for gum disease with reduced side effects like swelling- and with faster recovery times!
If you have experienced any of the above mentioned symptoms of gum disease or need to reestablish a preventive care routine, contact Dr. Sinclair at Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule a consultation.