Like comprehensive diagnostic examinations, routine dental cleanings are also a vital part of keeping your smile healthy and beautiful for life. The point of a cleaning (which occurs during the same appointment as your examination) is to rid your teeth and gums of bacteria-laden plaque and tartar.
For patients with excessive oral bacteria buildup who begin to show signs of gingivitis, a dental cleaning may not be enough, and periodontal cleaning may be required.
During a dental cleaning, your skilled hygienist will professionally clean every surface of your teeth, including between them, behind them, and along the gum line. The professional cleaning removes plaque and calculus (tartar, or calcified plaque) that are rich in oral bacteria and can lead to chronic bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease, and more.
When allowed to remain long enough, certain oral bacteria can work their way underneath your gums, causing irritation, inflammation, and bleeding – the telltale symptoms of gingivitis. Before long, gingivitis will become gum disease, and can cause severe damage to the gingival tissue and periodontal ligaments that support your teeth.
If your dentist detects gingivitis during your examination, then a periodontal cleaning may be necessary to remove the bacteria that migrated beneath your gums and took residence on the roots of your teeth. Also referred to as a scaling and root planing, the procedure may reverse gingivitis before gum disease fully develops. Often, we can utilize laser or ultrasonic technology to perform scaling and root planing for increased comfort and improved results.
Preventing issues like gum disease, or stopping such conditions in their tracks, can help you prevent serious complications such as tissue, jawbone, and eventual tooth loss. Schedule a dental or periodontal cleaning today by calling our Spring, TX, dentist’s office near you!