The goal of each professional dental cleaning is to efficiently remove plaque, tartar and help to prevent further decay. There are some key differences to the professional cleaning that we offer at Wilson Dentistry. Your optimal oral wellness is our ultimate goal.
What Happens During Routine Cleanings?
Your professional cleaning is a preventative treatment that will offer a focus on the removal of tartar, plaque and other irritants that may be in your mouth. Each tooth will be brushed, flossed, and polished.
Tartar can form anywhere on your teeth, even below the gumline. Tartar can be prevented with regular brushing, flossing and using mouthwash. Even with a good oral care routine, some may still form deposits in hard to reach areas.
Tartar that is not broken down and removed during your routine cleaning can result in periodontal disease, or gum disease. This can ultimately result in the loss of the tooth.
A routine professional cleaning is recommended for each patient who does not have bone regression, periodontal disease, or an infection in the mouth. It is one of the best ways that you can prevent periodontal disease from becoming a reality.
What Is Periodontal Maintenance?
If you have received a diagnosis of gum disease, your dentist may have performed a periodontal-focused cleaning known as a scaling and root planing. This treatment will address the tartar and other signs of infection below the gumline. You may have also undergone one or more periodontal surgeries. The dental cleanings that you receive after these important treatments are what are known as periodontal maintenance.
These cleanings are deeper than routine cleanings. Patients who have a history of gum disease will require a deeper cleaning due to the periodontal pockets that form between the gums and the teeth. These spaces are prime territory for the accumulation of plaque and tartar.
The Importance of Periodontal Maintenance
The dental cleanings that you will receive in periodontal maintenance are more intensive. They are essential and promote good gum and bone health. Bacteria is naturally present in our mouth. The levels of bacteria can be controlled with brushing, flossing and using mouthwash, for most patients. For those who are healing from periodontal disease, even a good oral wellness routine may not be sufficient. There is the potential for inflammation, infection and other health concerns.
Routine cleanings are typically scheduled every six months. Periodontal maintenance will need you to be seen more frequently. Delaying your treatment could put you at further risk for periodontal disease. You may risk tooth loss, stroke, and heart attack if the infection spreads unchecked.
If you are prescribed periodontal maintenance, you can be assured that we will work closely with you to ensure that you are comfortable during the procedure. Our team will discuss your options for anesthesia, and just how often you should plan on getting the procedure done.
At Wilson Dentistry we are committed to your dental wellness. Call us at (346) 340-5440 to schedule your checkup and professional cleaning. This is particularly important if you have had periodontal disease.