Shoreline, Edmonds, and Seattle, WA
A dental deep cleaning is considered one of the best ways to combat gum disease, especially in its more advanced stages. It is especially effective in treating the stage of gum disease known as periodontitis when pockets of bacteria form between your gum and your teeth. If left untreated, periodontitis can cause tooth loss and even eventual bone loss from the jawbone.
A dental deep cleaning, however, can stop periodontitis in its tracks. A deep cleaning has two stages—scaling and root planing. For the scaling portion, either manual or ultrasonic scaling tools are used to remove tartar and plaque from the teeth. If root planing is involved, then your deep cleaning probably will require two visits to the dental office—one for the root planing, and another follow-up appointment to gauge the improvement in the condition of your teeth and gums.
How do you know if a dental deep cleaning is right for you?
If you have been diagnosed with periodontitis, then you should make an appointment for a deep cleaning as soon as possible.
You also might consider a dental deep cleaning if you suffer from the first stage of gum disease, gingivitis. If you notice any of these symptoms—such as gums that are bleeding, tender, red or irritated—you should consult your dentist immediately.
A dental hygienist also can measure the depth of gum pockets around your teeth to see if you need a deep cleaning. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) suggests a deep cleaning will be recommended if these pockets are 5 millimeters deep or more.
If you do have a dental deep cleaning performed, you will need to return within three or four months for a follow-up appointment.
Remember, the best defense against gum disease is a good offense. More advanced stages of the disease like periodontitis can do serious damage to your overall health, and these pockets of bacteria can only be cleaned through a professional treatment like dental deep cleaning. To learn more about how dental deep cleanings can help fight gum disease, call the office of Hoag and Dotsch at (206) 542-4344.
The office of Hoag and Dotsch is proud to serve patients in the area of Shoreline, Washington.