A routine cleaning, which should take place every six months, is key for protecting smiles from the onset of gingivitis and gum disease. But what if your gums have become inflamed? In order to reverse the problem and safeguard your smile, or to manage periodontal disease successfully, we may recommend a deep cleaning for our Albuquerque, NM, patients.
When our gums develop gingivitis (inflammation) or the early stages of gum disease, then soreness, redness, and bleeding when brushing and flossing may occur. If you begin to experience these warning signs, please let us know right away. Over time, periodontal disease may grow more severe until periodontitis forms, the advanced stage responsible for adult tooth loss. The causes of gum disease vary, but have been linked with inflammatory illnesses, certain medications, family history, smoking and tobacco use, and poor oral hygiene.
Plaque, which forms when bacteria break down food particles, is a sticky layer that coats the teeth. Due to poor oral hygiene, the buildup could become severe and lead to inflammation and periodontal disease. In order to reverse gingivitis or manage the disease, we may need to perform a scaling and root planing, which uses an ultrasonic scaling device to remove all plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth and roots. The procedure may only take one visit to complete, or could take up to four, depending on the extent of your buildup. After the procedure, our team will polish the teeth and begin scheduling routine cleanings every three to four months.
Did you know that often routine care can help protect your smile from periodontal problems? In addition, attending a regular checkup and cleaning every few months, you also need to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, once when waking up and again before bed. We also suggest flossing thoroughly between the teeth every night before going to bed as well. Try to cut back on sugary and starchy foods, as well as sugary beverages. Avoid smoking cigarettes or using other tobacco products. Again, if you begin to notice changes in your gum tissue, such as soreness, redness, or bleeding, then please let us know so we can perform a diagnosis. If you have any questions about identifying and treating gum disease, or about our scaling and root planing procedure, then contact our team today.
If you have any questions about protecting your smile from serious oral health issues, then let us know today. For more information on our approach to preventive dental care, then schedule a consultation with us by calling Snow Park Dental in Albuquerque, NM, today at (505) 596-4479.
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