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Do My Teeth Need a Deep Cleaning?

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Even if you brush well and floss every day, we recommend you visit the dentist every six months. Routine professional teeth cleanings are an important part of good oral hygiene. Using our expertise and special tools, we examine, clean, and polish your teeth. We also evaluate the health of your gums.

For some patients, we’ll recommend a deep cleaning. Read on to learn about this treatment for gum disease.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, is characterized by mild inflammation and irritation due to the buildup of plaque, a harmful film of bacteria. Your gums might feel tender, be prone to bleeding, and change color. If untreated, gingivitis will advance to periodontitis.

In periodontitis, your gums pull away from your teeth, creating pockets. This can result in swollen gums, toothaches, bleeding gums, loose teeth, and infection. Jawbone and tooth loss can also occur.

Gum disease is most often a result of poor oral hygiene. Your risk increases if you use tobacco products, have uncontrolled diabetes, and consume a diet excessively high in carbohydrates and sugar. Certain medications and underlying medical conditions can also make gum disease more likely.

What Is a Deep Cleaning?

In its early stage, gum disease can be reversed with improved oral hygiene and routine visits to the dentist for cleanings.

If your gum disease is more severe, a routine dental cleaning may not be enough. Our team can create a custom deep cleaning treatment plan, which can involve antibiotics, scaling, and root planing. Scaling involves removing plaque and tartar below your gum line. Root planing smooths out your tooth roots so your gums reattach and heal.

Gum Disease Treatment in Temple Terrace, FL

Many patients visit our Temple Terrace dental office twice a year for routine cleanings. However, if you have advanced gum disease, you may need to visit 3-4 times a year. Deep cleanings can cause more discomfort than a regular cleaning, but they’re not painful thanks to a local anesthetic. Our office offers comfortable dentistry for patients of all ages!

So if you’re noticing any warning signs of gum disease, please contact us sooner rather than later so we can get your gum health back on track!

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What Are Periodontal Disease Treatment Options?

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Periodontal disease – also known as gum disease – is very common. If left untreated, the consequences can become serious. We always want to catch it as soon as we can. What is this disease? And what treatment options are there?

Periodontal Disease Defined

Periodontal disease always starts as gingivitis. In its very early stages, you might not experience that many symptoms. If you keep up with regular dentist appointments, we’ll catch the disease in this stage. It’s easily reversed by improving your at-home brushing and flossing. However, if it isn’t addressed, gingivitis becomes periodontitis.

Symptoms include bleeding gums, swollen and tender gums, pain, receding gums, and looser teeth. If periodontal disease progresses, it can lead to tooth and jawbone loss. Gum disease is most often caused by poor oral hygiene. Other risk factors include the use of tobacco products, genetics, diabetes, certain medications, and age.

Periodontal Disease Treatment Options

If the gum disease is caught early, you can treat it by taking better care of your oral health. With improved brushing, flossing, and regular trips to our office, gingivitis will go away! If the disease has progressed further, Dr. Kristanya Henson will need to create a custom treatment plan. Treatment usually involves scaling, which is the removal of plaque and tartar in periodontal pockets below the gum line. Root planing, which is done after scaling, smoothes out your tooth roots. This helps them reattach to your teeth.

Concerned You Might Have Gum Disease?

If you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease or it’s been a while since your last appointment, it’s time to visit our Temple Terrace office! Addressing gum disease will improve your health and prevent more serious health issues down the road. If you have any questions or want to book an appointment, contact us today.

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