During a routine preventive care exam, Dr. Cappy Sinclair will perform a periodontal disease screening to look for signs of gingivitis and gum disease. Dr. Sinclair, a dentist in Virginia Beach VA, emphasizes the importance of maintaining healthy gums for optimal dental health. Your gums support your teeth and play an important role in your overall health and well-being. Routine dental care is the best way to prevent gum disease. Your dental care routine should include daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular visits to Dr. Sinclair for professional dental cleanings and examinations.
What is Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissue that surrounds your teeth. Also referred as gum disease, it is a silent disease that many people do not know they have. It is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that builds up on your teeth due to lack of proper dental care. This progressive bacterial infection will compromise the health and structure of the teeth, gums, and jaw. Gum disease has become a major health concern across America and is the leading cause tooth loss in adults.
Stages of Gum Disease
Gingivitis: if you do not brush or floss your teeth adequately or often, then plaque will build up on your teeth. This build up on the gum line will cause inflammation of the gums. Patients with recurring gingivitis may benefit from more frequent dental cleanings in our dentist office.
Periodontitis: if gingivitis is not properly treated, then it will advanced into periodontitis. At this stage the infection has progressed and the bone structure that supports your teeth and the soft tissue are damaged. Immediate treatment is recommended for the best possible outcome and to limit the damage.
Advanced Periodontitis: by now the patient has suffered a severe loss of fibers, tissue, and bone that support the teeth, holding them in place. The teeth will begin to loosen and shift followed by loss of teeth. You will need to be treated immediately to attempt to save as many teeth as possible.
Signs of Gum Disease
- Swollen, red, or tender gums
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Receding gum line
- Persistent bad breath
- Sores or puss coming from in between your teeth
- Changes in your bite
- Loose teeth
- Dentures that do not fit anymore
- Gum Pain
Treatment For Gum Disease
It is imperative to start treating gum disease as soon as possible. The sooner your gum disease treatments begin, the more conservative your options are. Dr. Sinclair uses laser dentistry to aid in periodontal therapy. These high powered instruments allow him to provide more comfortable and conservative treatment for gum disease. The Waterlase dental laser enables Dr. Sinclair to treat and repair damaged or diseased gum tissue that may have previously required oral surgery.
Schedule An Appointment
If you are searching for a dentist in Virginia Beach VA who treats gum disease in the Chesapeake area, contact the office of Dr. Cappy Sinclair today. Schedule an appointment to learn what the best treatment option for you is.