Gum Disease Treatment and Deep Cleaning
After the common cold, gum disease is the most common disease in America. Often called gingivitis, gum disease is the inflammation and sometimes even bleeding of the gums that happens as a result of bacteria. Without proper gum disease treatment, it will spread to the roots and bones of the mouth, which can result in teeth loosening and eventually falling out, among other serious side effects.
Gum disease generally begins as a build up of plaque and tartar on and between the teeth and even beneath the gum line. If you experience bleeding after brushing or flossing, it is a sure sign that:
- You need to increase how often you brush and floss.
- You may have minor gum disease and should schedule a dental exam.
Your dentist will give you an official diagnosis; however, if you look in the mirror and see puffy, red, balloon-gums, it is highly likely that you need gum disease treatment, such as a deep cleaning.Deep Cleaning
Once you have been diagnosed officially by a dentist, gum disease treatment involves going to the dentist every 3-6 months for a teeth cleaning, which will consist of an initial deep cleaning and regular follow-up cleanings. If it’s been years since your last deep cleaning and you haven’t had regular follow-ups, you need to get a deep cleaning.
Regular Teeth Cleaning Vs. Deep Cleaning
Regular cleanings focus on the surface of the teeth above the gum line. Deep cleanings however, clean below your gums and the pockets of your teeth. Even if you brush and floss regularly, a deep cleaning is the only way to remove some of the tougher plaque buildup.
Gum disease occurs because the area where the tooth meets the gum is not kept clean. Remember: Where it is clean, there is no gum disease.
Deep cleaning is also known as planing and scaling. These two procedures are done under a local anesthetic, unlike a routine cleaning, which requires no anesthetic. The bacteria that comprises plaque and tartar enjoys small spaces where it can dwell and multiply. As part of gum disease treatment:
- Scaling is the term for the scraping away of the hidden pockets of plaque and tartar.
- Planing is when your dentist smooths the surface of a tooth to eliminate any uneven patches where bacteria can thrive.
Maintain a Routine
If you brush and floss regularly as well as schedule regular dental appointments, you will not need to worry much about severe gum disease, as problems can be identified before they can get serious. However, if it has been a long time since a dental exam, and you have been unable to brush and floss as often as you’d like, you may be at risk of more problematic symptoms. Severe conditions can result in very expensive gum disease treatment, some even surgical.
At Dr. Joe Dentistry, we are committed to creating the optimal patient experience. If you have any questions about the different types of gum disease treatment, such as deep cleaning, or any other dental procedure, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you!