Known as a “silent disease”, gum disease affects approximately 75% of American adults. Many will remain undiagnosed until more complex dental health problems arise.
Woodbridge dentist Dr. Joseph Cavallo, DDS, MAGD screens for periodontal disease at each preventive dental care visit. If gum disease or gingivitis are present, Dr. Cavallo will recommend a treatment plan based on the your individual needs.
Importance of Periodontal Health
The gums support the teeth and therefore gum health is essential for a healthy smile and a healthy body. Gum disease has also been linked to a number of medical conditions including heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
Dr. Cavallo emphasizes the importance of early detection when it comes to gum disease: spotting the signs early often means that conservative treatment can be effective and prevent further or permanent damage.
Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Bleeding gums
- Sore, swollen or tender gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth or ill-fitting dentures
- Chronic bad breath
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, is an inflammation of the gums. It is common for people with gingivitis to experience bleeding gums when brushing teeth or flossing.
For gingivitis treatment, plaque is removed from exposed parts of the teeth and gums. Antibacterial rinses and other aids may be recommended to reduce inflammation and cure gingivitis.
What is Periodontitis?
Periodontitis is the most advanced form of gum disease. In patients with advanced gum disease, infection may be present in the bone.
If you have periodontitis, Dr. Cavallo may provide more intensive treatment in his Woodbridge dental office or refer you to a specialist for treatment.
Scaling and root planing are procedures that clean the deep pockets of the gums to remove bacteria and debris. In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are searching for a dentist in the Stafford, VA, Manassas, VA, Springfield, VA or Woodbridge, VA area, contact Dr. Cavallo, DDS, MAGD today. He will screen you for periodontal disease and recommend the best treatment for you. Schedule an appointment today!