Cleanings and Gum Treatment
Regular teeth cleaning appointments are not just about keeping your smile bright and clean. Cleanings are necessary to keep your gum tissue and the structure of your teeth healthy. Lack of routine cleaning appointments can contribute to the development of periodontal disease. When periodontal disease is not treated it can eventually develop into more dangerous health problems, including heart disease.
What are Cleanings and Gum Treatment?
While regular brushing and flossing can minimize plaque (the white film on the surface of the teeth), most people have hard to reach areas that are frequently missed with routine home care. Plaque that remains on the teeth over time will calcify and become a hard deposit (calculus) that can no longer be removed at home. These hard deposits are located and removed when you have your teeth professionally cleaned. If plaque and calculus are not removed, it causes the gum tissue to become inflamed (indicated by bleeding) and can eventually cause the bone that holds the teeth in place to go away. When this happens, periodontal disease has set in, and you may begin to develop additional health concerns.
Cleanings and Gum Treatment Procedures
When you visit the dental office for a regular check-up, your hygienist or dentist will take measurements of the gum tissue around your teeth. This is the process of evaluating whether you have periodontal disease. Measurements between 1-3 mm are considered to be healthy, while measurements exceeding that may be an indication of periodontal disease. If periodontal disease is diagnosed, a treatment plan is generally presented at that point by either your hygienist or the dentist.
Periodontal disease has several stages. How many appointment needed to treat the condition is determined based on how advanced the disease has become. Generally it may take up to 4-6 appointments.
Research has proven that oral hygiene is directly related to a persons overall health. Routine cleaning appointments are essential to maintaining good oral hygiene and healthy mouth. It is recommended that you have a professional cleaning at least every 6 months. However, some patients are advised to go more often, depending on their oral hygiene habits and/or their past history of periodontal disease.