For most people, having their teeth cleaned at the dentist twice each year is pretty routine. But if you have been diagnosed with gum disease, you may have heard your dentist talk about a “deep cleaning.” It’s important to treat gum disease once it has been identified because it is the main reason for tooth loss among adults.
If you know you have gum disease—or even if you suspect you do, it’s important to get a diagnosis and treatment. Talk to Dr. Satvinder Kainth at CoolBreeze Dentistry to find out more.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 64 million people in this country have gum disease. If you are one of them, you are certainly not alone.
Gum disease can be caused by poor oral care and a lack of professional dental cleanings. Genetics and other conditions, such as diabetes, can make people more prone to developing gum disease.
Gum disease often presents without symptoms, so people are not aware they even have it. The only way to know for sure is by going to the dentist regularly.
Gum disease is diagnosed with periodontal pockets are present, meaning there are areas of the gum that has pulled away from the tooth.
A deep cleaning is quite different from a regular cleaning. A routine cleaning at the dentist focuses on the surfaces of the tooth above the gum line. Teeth area also polished to remove surface stains during a regular cleaning.
A dental deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, focuses on the bacteria, tartar, and debris that has gathered beneath the gum line. Even with good home care that includes regular brushing and flossing cannot prevent the development of tartar, or calculus, from developing on and between teeth. It can only be removed with special dental instruments, which is why it is so important to see your dentist at least twice each year.
If calculus is left untreated, infection and inflammation will develop under the gum line. It will continue to worsen, ultimately resulting in loose teeth and bone loss. Over time, gum disease sufferers who do not get treatment will more than likely start losing their teeth.
In most cases, the area to be cleaned will be numbed so the procedure will be more comfortable. The dentist or hygienist will then clean below the gum line to remove calculus and other debris. The roots of the teeth will be smoothed to promote healing and reattachment of the gum tissue.
Your dentist may prescribe an antibiotic to take afterward. If you are feeling any discomfort after the procedure, your dentist may recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Find out more about gum disease and how a deep cleaning can protect the health of your teeth and gums by calling CoolBreeze Dentistry today!