When you develop gingivitis, or have the early stages of gum disease, then treatment may be necessary with a deep cleaning. The scaling and root planing could offer relief from uncomfortable symptoms and prevent complications like tooth loss! In today’s blog, your Houston, TX, dentist explains what to expect from a deep cleaning.
The Warning Signs of Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease
How do you know if you have poor gum health? If you attend regular checkup and cleaning visits, then care could be offered at the earliest warning signs, often before you experience discomfort. Otherwise, you may not know you need treatment until you notice your gums look red, feel sore, and bleed easily. The early stages of inflammation, known as gingivitis, can be reversed. But once periodontal disease forms, then there is no cure and regular treatment is necessary to manage the disease and prevent the onset of the later stages, which are linked to adult tooth loss.
A Deep Cleaning
The scaling and root planing could reverse gingivitis or help begin the process of keeping periodontal disease properly managed. We use an ultrasonic scaling device to begin breaking up and removing plaque and tartar from the surfaces of both the teeth and the roots. Afterward, we thoroughly polish the teeth for a brother appearance and smoother feel. The procedure could take one visit, or as many as four, depending on how severe your buildup actually is. Afterward, routine cleaning every three to four months could help protect your oral health and prevent issues that lead to worsening symptoms and tooth loss.
Prevention from Home
At home, you can help limit the severity of plaque and tartar buildup, and keep your smile healthy. You should brush in the morning and again at night for at least two minutes. You also need to floss thoroughly every evening. These actions remove trapped food particles before bacteria can break them down, which prevents inflammation. You can also help by cutting back on starchy and sugary foods, or drinks with in sugar, which tend to leave particles cleaning to your teeth. Routine care and a better diet, as well as avoiding the use of tobacco products, could help your entire smile stay healthy and strong.
If you have any questions about keeping your smile healthy and strong from home, or if you would like to schedule a visit for a consultation and exam, then contact our team today to learn more.
TALK TO MMC DENTAL ABOUT PERIODONTAL TREATMENT
Our team wants to help you enjoy good gum health and a whole smile. For more information on how we reverse inflammation or manage periodontal treatment with preventive dental care, then contact your Houston, TX, dentist, Dr. Chan, by calling 713-926-8896.