If you begin to exhibit the warning signs of periodontal troubles, such as gingivitis or gum disease, then treatment could be crucial for managing these issues and preventing worsening conditions. In fact, lack of treatment for gum problems could mean an increased risk of tooth loss. In today’s blog, your Ankeny, IA, dentist looks at the benefits of a deep cleaning.
What Causes Periodontal Issues?
Our gums frame our smile and keep our teeth secured in place. However, poor oral hygiene and plaque buildup could irritate and inflame the guns, causing gingivitis. At this stage, people may experience soreness, redness, or bleeding when they brush and floss. Without treatment, this could lead to gum disease as the tissues pull away from the teeth and form deep pockets. Common factors behind inflammation and periodontal issues include lack of proper brushing and flossing, severe plaque buildup, lack of professional cleanings, smoking and tobacco use, inflammatory illness, the use of certain medications, and a family history of periodontal issues.
Warning Signs of Trouble
When you begin to notice any changes to your gingival tissues, let us know right away. Along with soreness, redness, and bleeding, your gums may become swollen or even recede from your teeth. Let us know about these changes because gingivitis can be reversed completely. If gum disease forms, it cannot be cured, but routine care starting with a deep cleaning can allow us to manage the disease and protect you from periodontitis, the most common factor behind adult tooth loss.
The Benefits of a Deep Cleaning
A deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planning, allows our team to remove all plaque buildup and tartar from the surfaces of both the teeth and the roots. This allows healthy gum tissues to adhere to the teeth, closing the exposed pockets and reversing gingivitis or managing gum disease. The process could take between one and four visits, depending on the severity of your plaque buildup. We complete the procedure by polishing your teeth thoroughly. Not only does this procedure help improve oral health, but it also brightens teeth and freshens the breath too. If you have any questions about deep cleanings, or if you think you may be exhibiting warning signs of periodontal issues, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Periodontal Care?
Treatment to manage gum disease helps protect your smile from discomfort and serious issues like tooth loss. To learn more about keeping your smile clean and healthy, then please schedule an appointment by calling Peddicord Family Dentistry in Ankeny, IA, today at (515) 963-3339. We also proudly serve patients of all ages who live in Bondurant, Polk City, and all surrounding communities.