Do you Have Gum Disease?
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 VA 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 comprehensive treatment plan based on your individual needs. Depending on the severity or progression, your treatment can be done in a single visit, or throughout multiple visits.
Importance of Periodontal Health
Your gums support your 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. There have also been pregnancy issues linked to this disease, such as premature births and underweight babies being born.
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 damage. Avoiding permanent damage is as easy as visiting the dentist at least twice a year.
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 is an early stage of gum disease. It is an inflammation of the gums. If you have deep red gums that regularly pulsate with pain, you may have gingivitis. 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. He may also refer you to a periodontist 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. Always consult a healthcare professional before concluding your diagnosis.
How Do You Fix Periodontal Disease?
Dr. Cavallo will never recommend unnecessary procedures. The only way to improve your gum health is to seek treatment from a certified dentist. If you are searching for a dentist in Manassas, Stafford, Springfield or Woodbridge area, contact Dr. Cavallo, DDS, MAGD today. He will screen you for periodontal disease and recommend the best treatment for you. Schedule an appointment online today!