General Dentistry in Charlotte, NC
At Gentry Dental, we offer a wide range of services for patients from 3 years old to 103!
It’s our goal to offer you high-quality care that meets all your dental needs under one roof, and for this reason, Dr. Gentry offers advanced services and a level of care you won’t find at most practices.
We know you’ll appreciate the personalized attention and family atmosphere you experience at our practice.
Why Is Preventive Dental Care Important?
We believe that prevention is the key to achieving and maintaining optimum oral health, and it’s our hope that by seeing you every six months for cleanings and check-ups, we can help you avoid a number of uncomfortable dental issues.
Our highly skilled hygienists not only remove the plaque buildup that causes issues such as tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease, they also take the time to educate you about proper home care and the importance of your oral health.
How Is Gum Disease Treated?
During your regular check-ups, we’ll screen you for gum disease, which occurs when plaque and tartar build-up cause your gums to separate from your teeth, allowing harmful bacteria to attack and infect the tissues and bone supporting your teeth.
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, and it’s at this stage, that you may notice that your gums bleed when you brush your teeth. They may also appear red and swollen. The good news is that gingivitis can be effectively managed with a thorough cleaning and an improved home care routine. In fact, you may even be able to reverse gum disease in this stage.
Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease at which damage starts to occur. If left untreated, the infection will begin to destroy your gum tissue and bone, which will eventually lead to tooth loss. The bacteria from gum disease can actually enter your bloodstream and travel to other areas of your body. We now understand that this contributes to other health concerns such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
If you should find yourself facing gum disease, your trusted team at Gentry Dental is well equipped to help you. Periodontitis requires a deeper cleaning called scaling and root planing that reaches below the gum line to remove tartar and plaque build-up. Antibiotic therapy may also be necessary to combat infection. Dr. Gentry may want to see you for additional cleanings and check-ups throughout the year to help you effectively manage your condition.
When you come to Gentry Dental, we hope to build a lifelong relationship with you and your family, where we can help you achieve and maintain a healthy and beautiful smile for a lifetime. Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment; we can’t wait to meet you!