Dental plaque and tartar buildup, especially below the gum line, can lead to severe periodontal issues, including gingivitis, periodontitis, and even tooth loss. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause damage to the soft tissue and bone structures of your teeth and eventually cause teeth to loosen or require extraction.
Regular professional dental cleanings and checkups can help to prevent these issues. Additionally, routine examinations can reveal early signs of tooth decay and damage, allowing us to address them before they become more severe health issues. Regular cleanings can also help to keep your gums healthy by gently removing harmful bacteria from the mouth.
Our dental hygienist may use specialized instruments to reach deeper areas in the mouth where bacteria and debris may accumulate undetected. Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning procedure that removes the hardened plaque from the tooth's surface and rough spots on the tooth roots that may be harboring bacteria. At Smiles of Midtown, these procedures can help prevent gum disease and keep your smile looking bright and beautiful for years to come!
Gum disease, or periodontitis, is a severe infection of the gums caused by plaque buildup and bacteria in the mouth. This condition affects your gums and the surrounding bone structures, leading to gum recession and even tooth loss if left untreated.
During your regular checkup visits, our hygienist will check your teeth and gums for signs of periodontal disease. The earlier gum disease is detected, the easier it is to treat and reverse the effects. If our dental hygienist sees early signs of gum disease, they may recommend more frequent cleanings to prevent the issue from worsening.
If left untreated, advanced cases of periodontal disease may lead to tooth mobility, bone loss, receding gums, loose teeth, and other serious complications. If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, contact our dental office today to schedule a consultation for treatment recommendations.
Importance of Periodontal Cleaning and Scaling
Dental deep cleaning is also known as scaling and root planing or just “deep cleaning.” This professional dental service removes plaque and tartar that build up even if you don’t see or feel it. A trained dental hygienist uses specialized tools to remove buildup on tooth surfaces and under the gum line. This type of cleaning is recommended if you have signs of gum disease such as bleeding when brushing or flossing, swollen gums, pockets around your teeth, pus between your gums and teeth, loose teeth, bad breath, receding gums, and sensitive teeth.
Deep cleaning is often done over several appointments.
Once periodontal disease is treated, patients are encouraged to continue their at-home oral health regimen of brushing twice daily for two minutes and flossing at least once daily. For the best dental care, visit Smiles of Midtown at 3600 San Jacinto St, Houston, TX 77004, or call (713) 523-6848.