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Are You Seeing Us for the First Time?

April 28, 2014

Is your upcoming visit with us also going your first? Then
we’d like to tell you how much we’re looking forward to seeing you. At Smile by Design in Virginia Beach, our goal is making close, personal relationships
with our patients–new and old–because
that’s how you deliver truly compassionate and patient-centered care.
We also want to let you know about our New Patient page.
On this page, you will find a link for downloading our new patient forms.
Filling these out before you come see us will make it possible to streamline
your visit. When you come in, just hand us your paperwork and take a seat while
we start processing your information.
You may also want to take a look at our Services page, if you
have not already done so. On this page, you’ll find helpful information about
the range of services we offer, and what those services entail. Some of our
biggest services include:

If you have any questions about these services, the information
on our site will help you gain a basic understanding of them. If you still have
questions afterwards, we would be happy answer them during your visit.

us today
if you’re ready to schedule an appointment with Dr. Santos or Dr. Folck.
We’re happy to serve the needs of patients from Virginia Beach, Fort Story,
Sandbridge, and nearby communities.

What is Periodontitis?

April 16, 2014

When most people think of gum disease, the first images that
come to mind typically include swollen gum tissue and bleeding gums when the
teeth are brushed or flossed. While these are certainly common symptoms
associated with periodontal disease, the consequences of leaving this condition
untreated can actually be far worse. At Smile by Design in Virginia Beach, VA, Dr. Vinita John
Folck and Dr. Stephanie L. Santos
offer comprehensive periodontal
to treat gum disease before it results in more severe
Gum Disease and the

Periodontitis is
a severe infection of the gums and the gingival tissues that hold the teeth in
their proper places. When these tissues become inflamed and infected, the
structural integrity of the jaw and teeth is compromised. In addition to
causing gum sensitivity, swelling, and bleeding, periodontitis can eventually lead to loose teeth and even teeth
that fall out.
Other complications that arise from untreated gum disease include an increased risk
for heart disease, stroke, respiratory infections, dementia, and low birth
weight in infants of mothers with the condition. With periodontal therapy from the team at Smile by Design, we’ll develop a treatment plan that suits your
individual situation. Our primary goal is to help you achieve and maintain a
smile that is as healthy as it is beautiful.
Schedule Your

If you suspect that you or anyone in your family may be
suffering from any level of gum disease
even if it consists of occasional bleeding when you brush or floss – contact our office in
Virginia Beach, VA today. Our
doctors and caring staff look forward to helping you stop periodontitis in its tracks, giving you the healthy, gorgeous smile
you want and deserve. Our family-friendly office gladly welcomes patients from throughout
Virginia Beach and the surrounding
communities, including the cities of Norfolk,
Portsmouth, Fort Story, Sandbridge,
and beyond.
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