When our gums become inflamed, there is a higher risk of periodontal disease which could lead to uncomfortable symptoms and even tooth loss. In order to avoid periodontal disease, or manage it, then we may suggest a deep cleaning with an ultrasonic scaling device. When should you see your Redmond, OR, dentist for a scaling and root planing?
The Warning Signs of Gum Disease
The trouble starts with inflammation, also known as gingivitis, which appears for a number of reasons, such as poor oral hygiene allowing plaque buildup to accumulate and irritate the periodontal tissues. Other causes include certain medications, inflammatory illnesses, cigarettes and tobacco use, or a family history of the disease. Early signs include sore gums, bleeding when you brush and floss, and redness or swelling. In the early stages, we can reverse gingivitis. However, once gum disease forms we need treatment to manage the disease and prevent periodontitis, the advanced stage linked to adult tooth loss and painful symptoms.
A deep cleaning uses our ultrasonic scaling device to reverse gingivitis or manage gum disease by removing plaque and tartar (the hardened, calcified form of plaque) from the surfaces of not just the teeth, but the roots as well. The procedures can take between one visit and up to four, depending on the severity of your buildup. Afterward, we polish your teeth thoroughly, offering a brighter appearance, smoother feel, and a reduced risk of bad breath. Moving forward, we may suggest routine regular dental cleanings every three to four months to continue protecting your smile from periodontitis.
Keeping Your Smile Healthy
Along with a deep cleaning and routine office visits, you can also take steps to protect your gums from home. For example, avoid tobacco products and let us know if you experience any of the warning signs we discussed in today’s blog. Also, take time to brush and floss, as this limits how much plaque can accumulate. You should brush for two minutes when you wake up and again before bed, using a toothpaste with fluoride. Even more vital, you need to floss every night before bed. Flossing involves running floss tape up and down each side of every tooth, making contact with the gums to ensure you’ve removed all tapped food particles. This prevents bacteria from breaking them down and reduces the buildup of plaque and tartar! If you have any questions about preventing periodontal disease or managing this serious concern, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Avoiding Periodontal Disease?
We would like to help you enjoy a healthy smile, reversing gingivitis and managing gum disease. To learn more about our preventive treatments, then schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.