What Is A Periodontal Cleaning?
If you see your dentist for your twice-a-year check-up, you’re probably familiar with the regular dental cleaning you receive at them. This cleaning is an important part of ensuring that your oral health remains unimpeded by the ravages of plaque and tartar. Even with regular dental hygiene practices at home, there’s a good chance you aren’t getting rid of all of it, and what remains can become entrenched and become a serious problem. As plaque remains on your teeth, it can develop into tartar, a hard deposit that can lead to serious health concerns, like periodontal disease.
What Is Periodontal Disease And Why Won’t Normal Professional Cleaning Fix It?
Periodontal disease is an infection that happens in the gums. It is caused by the bacteria responsible for plaque and tartar. As these substances build up beneath the gum line, they can represent a serious risk to your overall dental health. Regular dental cleanings don’t get below the gums; they focus on the visible crowns of your teeth and the accumulation of tartar and plaque that remain after at-home care. As periodontal disease sets in, it can cause pockets to form between the gums and teeth, creating places that decay and infection can set in. Regular dental cleaning, even by a professional, won’t stop the advancement of this disease on its own.
What Is Periodontal Cleaning?
Periodontal cleaning is the next tool in your dentist’s toolkit. The inflammation, infection, and decay happening beneath your gum line won’t happen until the plaque and tartar causing it is removed. This process involves a special form of cleaning known as ‘scaling and root planing.’ This procedure involves cleaning the surface of the tooth found beneath the gum line using a special tool called a scaler. The next step, planing, involves smoothing the surfaces of your roots to aid the gums in reattaching and making it more difficult for plaque and tartar to reappear before it heals.
What About Periodontal Maintenance?
Getting rid of periodontal disease rarely occurs in a single visit. By the time this additional care is needed, the disease has become entrenched, and a series of visits will be required to eliminate it and restore your dental health. This series of visits is known as periodontal maintenance and involves keeping the gums, teeth, and roots all free of plaque and tartar until periodontal disease has been completely eliminated, and the gums have sealed back against your teeth.
Periodontal disease is a serious health concern, and periodontal cleaning is the only guaranteed way to eliminate it and restore your oral health. With regular and consistent care, you’ll be able to restore that beautiful smile, eliminate halitosis, and protect your teeth against future damage caused by gum disease. Dr. Deborah Tabb provides comprehensive periodontal cleaning at her offices in Bethesda, MD. Bethesda Family Dentistry is proud to be an important part of this community’s health care solutions and is ready to welcome your family to our patient family. Don’t wait until gum disease becomes serious; call us for an appointment today!