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Do I Need A Deep Teeth Cleaning?

HomeGum HealthDo I Need A Deep Teeth Cleaning?

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For a healthy smile, we recommend routine teeth cleanings and exams every six months. However, a regular cleaning isn’t always enough. If you have gum disease, a deep teeth cleaning treats the issue and prevents the disease from getting worse. What are the signs of gum disease? How does a deep cleaning help?

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Gum disease has two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the mild form of the disease and can cause symptoms like gum swelling, tenderness, and redness. Stepping up your oral hygiene at home and visiting us every six months usually takes care of the problem.

If you don’t improve your oral hygiene, gingivitis becomes periodontitis. Your gums pull away from your teeth and pockets form. These pockets are the ideal home for bacteria, which cause a host of problems. Symptoms of gum disease include toothaches, bleeding gums, and persistent bad breath. Untreated gum disease can lead to infections and tooth loss.

How Deep Cleanings Address Gum Disease

When you visit our office, we always screen for gum disease. If your gum pockets are deeper than normal, we may recommend periodontal therapy in the form of a deep cleaning. This treatment consists of scaling and root planing, where we remove tartar buildup below the gum line and down to the roots. We may also recommend antibacterial mouth rinses. How often will you need these deep cleanings? It depends on how severe your gum disease is.

Treating Gum Disease at Edgewater Dental Arts

You can avoid gum disease by brushing and flossing properly at home and keeping up with regular appointments with our team. If your gums do start to suffer, deep cleanings are a non-invasive and effective treatment. At our office in Edgewater, we want to protect your oral health and provide you with all the services you need. If you have any questions about deep teeth cleanings or gum disease, please reach out!

Written by

John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.