Cleanings & Gum Therapy
Extraordinary Dentisty / Exceptional Care
Regular professional cleanings help maintain healthy gums. Healthy gums are the starting point for outstanding oral health. A house requires a sturdy foundation to stand strong through the seasons and over the years. Likewise, teeth rely on healthy gum and bone for strength and support.
Since each individual's ability to resist periodontal disease is different, you need to follow the recommendations of Dr. Steve concerning the frequency of cleanings you need at the dental office.
Recent research has suggested a correlation between gum disease and increased risk of heart disease, stroke, heart attack, and arthritis. Furthermore some research also implies a relationship between gum disease and increased risk of pre-term labor and low birth weight babies for pregnant woman.
There are a variety of proactive gum therapies which can boost your level of oral health and stop gum disease. Remember - oral health is an integral part of your general health and well being.
Cleanings & Gum Therapy
Teeth are held inside the jaw through an interconnected system of bone, ligaments and tissue. Infection of one or multiple parts of this system is called periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease progresses very slowly and is often painless. It is also the primary cause of tooth loss after the age of 35.
There are three factors that contribute to this disease. They are: Plaque, Tartar (also known as calculus), And Bacteria.
Facts About Plaque, Tartar & Bacteria
- Plaque is a sticky, colorless deposit that collects on teeth. Plaque is created by a combination of saliva, food and fluids. It begins forming on teeth 4-12 hours after being completely removed, and is constantly being generated in the mouth. Plaque is relatively easily removed by a combination of brushing and flossing.
- Tartar (also called calculus) is the crusty texture that envelopes plaque if it is not removed within a few days. This crust will harbor plaque and bacteria, and cannot be removed by regular brushing and flossing.
- The bacteria that hide inside tartar use the sugars you consume through your diet to create toxins that destroy gum and supporting bone. These bacteria are always present in the mouth and are part of plaque and tartar.
Periodontal bacteria are removed every time you have a regular cleaning done at the dental office. However, if there is a heavy amount of bacteria due to disease, a periodontal cleaning may be necessary.
Scaling and root planing or periodontal cleanings are done in two or more appointments and under local anesthesia. Special antibiotic rinses are also used in order to reduce the number of bacteria. This is the first step in treatment of periodontal disease. If minimal or no improvement is seen after this treatment, then further steps such as periodontal surgery may be necessary to stop the infection and to restore the tissues to health.
Since each individual's ability to resist periodontal disease is different, you need to follow the recommendations of your dentist concerning the frequency of cleanings you need at the dental office.