Many patients who visit our Norfolk, VA dentist office fall within a spectrum of periodontal disease, ranging from an inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) to a chronic disease of the gums and bone (periodontitis). At Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry, we promote healthy gums as the foundation for overall health and wellness. The gums are important not only for the health of the smile, but the aesthetics as well. Dr. Cappy Sinclair, a dentist in Virginia Beach VA, places significant emphasis on your periodontal health and offer a variety of treatments to address all stages of gum disease. Dr. Sinclair starts regularly treating children starting at age 4 to help prevent gum disease.
About Gum Disease
Gum disease is a progressive disease that can damage the integrity of the health and function of the smile. Harmful bacteria in the mouth feed off of tartar and plaque buildup and multiply, spreading throughout the mouth. The bacteria will eventually grow in pockets deep inside the gum line. As the bacteria spread, the gum line can separate from the teeth and begin to recede, leaving tooth roots exposed and the teeth can become susceptible to extreme sensitivity and even loss. There are two stages of gum disease:
Gingivitis: Gingivitis is the early stage of this oral health disease and is typically easy to treat. Sometimes Dr. Sinclair may recommend additional at home care to prevent it from returning. More frequent professional dental cleanings may be necessary for patients with recurring gingivitis. At this stage, bacteria begins to form deep pockets in the gums causing inflammation and gum recession.
Periodontitis: This is the advanced stage of gum disease and it causes permanent damage to gum tissue and weakens the teeth. By this stage, intensive treatment is required eliminate the infections, address the damage and restore oral health. If periodontitis is left untreated, teeth may become loose or fall out compromising the function of the bite and jaw bone.
Common signs of gum disease include:
- Red or swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Loose or shifted teeth
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Persistent bad breath
- Changes in the fit of dentures
- Sores in the mouth
Treatment For Gum Disease
The sooner you seek treatment for gum disease, the more conservative your treatment options are. Dr. Cappy 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.
Gum Disease Prevention
Gum disease is often called a “silent disease” because there may be no obvious symptoms until advanced stages. The best way to fight this oral health disease is prevention. Dr. Sinclair encourages patients to brush twice a day and floss at least once a day. Regular visits to Dr. Sinclair will drastically reduce your chances of getting gum disease. Bi-annual visits to our Virginia Beach, VA dentist office where your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned will remove the bacteria causing plaque and tartar that leads to gum disease.
Another important step to preventing gum disease is to adhere to a healthy diet. This means limiting sodas, sweets and snacks between meals. Drinking water will also help reduce bacteria in the mouth.
Schedule An Appointment
If you are searching for a dentist who treats gum disease in the Chesapeake, VA, Norfolk, VA or Virginia Beach areas, contact the office of Dr. Cappy Sinclair today. Schedule an appointment to learn what the best treatment option for you is.