Deep Cleaning Can Restore Dental Health
Gum disease is a common dental problem that can affect people of all ages. Often painless, you may not notice it (except for the bleeding when you brush) until your teeth start to get loose or fall out.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease affects the attachment between gums and teeth. Called gingivitis in the early stages, it begins with the formation of plaque. If plaque is not removed every day by brushing and flossing, it hardens into tartar (also called calculus). Tartar can lead to an infection at the point where the gums attach to the teeth. Over time, the infection breaks down the gum tissue that attaches to the teeth. If gum disease is not treated, teeth become loose and are in danger of falling out.
3 signs of gum disease
- Lots of build up around the gum line
- The tissue is very red, inflamed and tender
- Gums bleeds more frequently than normal
Gum disease treatment
There are multiple ways to treat gum disease. One of the most common ones that dentists will prescribe is scaling and root planing which is also known as “deep cleaning”. The purpose is to remove all debris and build up both above and below the gum line which is a major contributor to gingivitis and bone loss.
What is a deep cleaning procedure?
- The dentist will numb the area to prevent any major discomfort
- The cleaning is typically performed by a hygienist who will use a variety of tooth instruments across the teeth to remove the buildup, it is similar to a gentle scraping action
- Removing the buildup will help cure the gum disease and stabilize the tissue
Three to four weeks after the deep cleaning has been completed the dentist will re-evaluate the gums. Typically he/she will look to see if the gum tissue has returned to the normal pink color, whether or not it has regained its tightness and how much bleeding there is, if any.
Watch this video to learn more about how deep cleaning can help treat gum disease.
Regular visits to the dentist can help identify gum disease in its early stages and prevent any major dental health problems.