Gum Disease | Deep Cleaning | Our Dental Blog
Gum Disease | Deep Cleaning
April 24 2017
Is maintaining great oral health important to you? It should be; because your overall health and wellness starts with your oral health.
While your oral health is undoubtedly important, many people do not know enough about the health of their gums. Most people, including our friends in the Dayton area, think that their oral health is as simple as taking care of their teeth. However, there is much more that lays beneath your gum line.
Unfortunately, a majority of adults in the US suffer from some form of gum disease. After the onset of the disease, brushing, flossing, and getting regular cleanings (your dental hygiene) will no longer be enough to keep your mouth healthy. To fully restore your teeth, gums, and jaw bone back to health, you need to start receiving deep cleanings.
Deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing, works to remove tartar and plaque build up from your teeth, along your gum line, and underneath your gums. The process is outlined below:
Scaling is the process of removing germs, bacteria, plaque and tartar from your teeth, gum line, and the pockets created by your gums receding.
Root planing is the process of smoothing out the area where bacteria, plaque, and tartar are likely to grow and exist. This step allows your gums to reattach to your teeth and decrease the size of the pockets.
Your dentist may introduce a medication that will help the healing process even more.
Scaling and root planing will lake more than one appointment. Typically, your dentist will require some follow up visits to determine the effectiveness of the treatment plan.
If you have developed gum disease, it is not fully curable. Gum disease is actually like hypertension or diabetes. In addition to this, gum disease is often referred to as a silent disease. You often do not know you have gum disease. The best way to identify it is to maintain your routine dental visits. Your dentist and hygienist are trained to spot gum disease or gingivitis, and set out a treatment plan early.
If you do not receive treatment, gum disease can lead to loss of jaw bone, tooth loss, diabetes, heart disease, and more. Gum disease can, in fact, lead to many serious health conditions, and needs to be treated when identified.
Want to receive an opinion from a dentist?