A Dental Deep Cleaning is not as Scary as it Sounds
- Posted on: May 22 2019
Anderson, Clemson, and Seneca, SC
Hearing the phrase “dental deep cleaning” may conjure images of a long, painful time in the dentist’s chair. In reality, though, a dental deep cleaning is not nearly as scary as it may sound. In fact, a dental deep cleaning is one of the best treatments in fighting against gum disease.
Gum disease occurs from bacteria and plaque buildup in the mouth. If proper oral hygiene efforts are not followed, tartar, that hard substance that builds up around your teeth, will harbor oral bacteria that cause infection. The first stage of gum disease begins as gingivitis, which affects nearly half of all adults in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. Symptoms of gingivitis include tender, inflamed gums that bleed easily. A dental deep cleaning, along with repetitive therapy and good oral health practices at home, puts a stop to your gum disease progressing.
Similar to a regular dental cleaning, which involves scaling and polishing teeth to remove tartar buildup and stains, a deep cleaning involves scaling and root planing to remove buildup under the gum line. Either manual tools or an ultrasonic scaling device executes the scaling in a deep cleaning. If root planing is part of your deep cleaning, then you can expect to need a follow-up visit within three to four months.
If you have gum disease, then you should consider a dental deep cleaning. This is particularly the case for advanced stages of the disease such as periodontitis, which form pockets of bacteria between the gum and teeth. These pockets only can be cleaned through professional dental treatments such as a deep cleaning. Often times, repetitive therapy is necessary to prevent gum disease from getting worse. Gum disease will not go away on its own, in fact, it will only get worse if ignored. Eventually, gum disease will lead to loose teeth, or even tooth loss, and the recession of jawbone and gum tissue.
Following a deep cleaning, it is important to begin a comprehensive routine of at-home oral hygiene that includes brushing twice daily, flossing at least once a day and regularly using an anti-bacterial mouthwash. Perform a regimen such as this after a deep cleaning and you should see your gums and teeth start to become healthier. In some cases, the dentist may recommended additional measure be taken to help treat your gum disease.
If you have gum disease, do not ignore it; the disease can lead to serious problems for your oral health as well as your overall health if it is left untreated. It even can increase your risk of heart disease, as plaque and bacteria enter the bloodstream. Gum disease has also been linked to cognitive decline, an increased risk of stroke, pre-term births, low birth weight in infants, and can exacerbate other inflammatory diseases in your body.
If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, or you are showing some of the symptoms of the disease such as bleeding or irritated gums, then SC Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry can help. Call (864) 647-9000 to schedule a consultation.
SC Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry is proud to serve patients living in the areas of Clemson, Seneca, and West Union, SC.
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