Prevent Gum Disease With Routine Cleanings
One of the biggest dental health concerns these days is gum disease. The best prevention of gum disease remains proper brushing and flossing and regular dental visits.
When you are a patient of Dr. Nicolette, a thorough gum cleaning is part of your routine teeth cleaning. If you already are showing the signs of gum disease, we can treat it by doing a deep cleaning, otherwise known as scaling and root planning.
Routine dental cleanings are an essential part of maintaining healthy teeth and gum. For patients that have healthy gums, cleanings every 6 months along with daily brushing and flossing go a long way to the prevention of gum disease or the further progression of existing gum disease. For some patients, their oral hygiene may have been neglected and gum disease is already present.
When this is the case a routine cleaning will not fix the problem. At that point a deep cleaning or scaling and root planning would be necessary. This is needed because plaque and bacteria have settled under the gums and caused an active infection. Without a deep cleaning, the plaque and tarter would not be effectively removed and it will result in further damage to the gums and bone that support the teeth.
Signs of Gingivitis:
- Sore, tender gums
- Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing
- Signs of Gum Disease:
- Red, puffy and/or tender gums
- Bad breath or a constant bad taste in your mouth
- Gums have pulled away from the teeth
- Loose teeth
If you suspect gingivitis or gum disease, call Dr. Nicolette today to schedule an appointment.
What we do to help treat your gums:
- Treatment is as pain free as possible
- Treatment options vary depending on the severity of your condition and we determine the best course of action for you
- Remove years of build-up under your gums
- Once gums have been brought back to health, it’s important to maintain clean teeth
- We may recommend more frequent cleanings based upon your individual condition