So who doesn’t want a nice, bright, beautiful smile? Keeping your mouth healthy through general dentistry accompanied by good oral hygiene is essential to keeping your mouth health and your smile bright. Most people don’t realize that poor oral hygiene can lead to a host of problems the lease of which are dental caries or cavities. Gum disease can severely affect your oral health as well as your physical health.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, occurs when bacteria in the mouth multiply to the point where the gums become swollen and sometimes bleed. While everyone’s mouth has bacteria, the trick to is to balance that with good oral hygiene. When good oral hygiene is lacking then bits of food and bacteria work together to form plaque which sticks to the surfaces of your tooth. If plaque isn’t removed it will harden and become tartar, which can only be removed by a hygienist
When plaque and tartar buildup they can start to damage your gums inflammation and occasionally bleeding. This is called Gingivitis, it is the first stage of gum disease, and it can be reversed by a professional cleaning in addition to regular brushing and flossing at home. If left untreated Gingivitis will become worse and turn into periodontitis. Inflammation in the gums can lead to many severe oral health issues starting with ‘pockets’ forming around the teeth as your gums start to pull away due to the inflammation. When plaque and bacteria spread below the gum line these pockets will get infected by the toxins released by the bacteria. Between the toxins that are being released and your body’s own immune system, which is trying to combat this infection, the bone and connective tissues around the teeth begin to degrade and deteriorate. If left completely unchecked your teeth may eventually be lost due to receding gums and loss of bone. Periodontal scaling and root planning (deep cleanings) will help combat this infection along with regular periodontal maintenance cleanings.
Deep Cleaning, Scaling, Root Planning
Once periodontal disease progresses past gingivitis that typically means a deep cleaning (scaling and root planning) is needed. When our hygienists here at Grand Oaks Dental Care deep clean your teeth, it helps to combat the infection that is periodontal disease. During this procedure, we carefully remove plaque and tartar all the way down to the bottom of each pocket. The tooth’s root surfaces are also cleaned and smoothed which helps the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth. Sometimes this deep cleaning can take more than one visit. In addition to doing the procedures our staff will also teach you how to properly care for your teeth. The investment you make in your smile and oral health is one which last a lifetime. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your initial visit!