We are taught at a very young age how important good oral hygiene is. We learn how to thoroughly brush and floss our teeth and how to take care of our gums as well as the importance of dental visits. Dental visits are a way to make sure your oral health is in good standing.
The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist at least once or twice a year for a check-up and regular cleaning. However, if you notice something is “off” or if you have gingivitis or periodontal disease, you may need to schedule a deep cleaning procedure.
Do I Need a Dental Deep Cleaning?
Not everyone will need a dental deep cleaning during their lifetime. If you practice good oral hygiene habits, you’re less likely to need this procedure because your gums are more likely to be healthy. However, if you have an oral health issue, your dentist may recommend that you get a deep cleaning teeth procedure. It’s important to note that nearly half of the adults over the age of 30 in America have some type of gum disease.
What is Periodontal Disease and What Causes it?
To understand periodontal disease, it’s important that you know what it is and what causes it. Periodontal disease can start simply with swollen or bleeding gums but will rapidly progress over time. If left untreated, it can destroy the structure of your teeth and lead to serious health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and various cancers.
Periodontal disease starts out with sticky, yellow plaque that hasn’t been effectively removed from the teeth and has built up over time. It will eventually spread along the gumline. When ignored or left untreated, this disease can cause teeth to become loose and fall out while destroying the jawbone.
What Does a Deep Cleaning Consist of?
While a regular dental cleaning procedure consists of a thorough brushing and flossing of the teeth, along with cleaning along the gum lines and checking for oral issues, a deep cleaning is far more intensive. The process of deep cleaning includes removing bacteria, tartar, and other harmful debris in the teeth and gums. The goal of this type of cleaning is to get rid of all the bacteria out of the teeth and gums. This includes the periodontal pockets and up to the roots. A deep cleaning will allow the gums and inflammation to heal properly.
At Arbor Dental Group, we look at the whole picture of your health. We know that certain diseases like diabetes and HIV/AIDS can lower the body’s resistance to infection, which can compromise your oral health. Our team is highly trained in treating periodontal disease. If your teeth or gums are giving you fits of trouble, contact us as soon as possible so that we can take the best care of your mouth. Use this as your opportunity to review the entire state of your health and address any health needs.