Everyone loves how much noticeably cleaner their mouth looks and feels after a visit to the dentist. But a routine cleaning isn’t the deepest clean that we offer at Edgewater Dental Arts. If you are experiencing gingivitis, also known as gum disease, you may be a candidate for a deep cleaning to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
What Is a Regular Dental Cleaning?
Generally speaking, it is recommended you schedule twice yearly dental appointments for routine cleanings and examinations. At Edgewater Dental Arts, these appointments typically consist of:
- A professional cleaning, including tartar removal, polish, and flossing
- X-rays if needed
- Fluoride treatment to prevent the growth of plaque bacteria
- Gum disease, cavity, and oral cancer screening
- Exam and consultation
Regular dental cleanings are preventative, meaning their primary purpose is to maintain your dental health and wellness instead of treating a particular ailment. However, if your dentist detects gingivitis, or gum disease, you may be scheduled for a deep cleaning in addition to a regular cleaning to keep your teeth healthy.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a progressive disease that develops when there is a proliferation of bacteria under the gum line. Gum disease can develop for a variety of reasons, including poor oral hygiene (especially lack of flossing), smoking and alcohol consumption, and genetics. In order to stop gum disease in its tracks, it’s important to curb the bacteria growth under the gumline before it causes further damage, like tooth separation from the gums and decayed teeth.
What Is a Deep Cleaning?
During a deep cleaning, your dental hygienist will remove tartar and plaque from between the teeth and under the gum line. Depending on the severity of your gum disease, you might also be a candidate for scaling and root planing, a treatment in which your dentist removes plaque and tartar and also smooths the roots of your teeth to help your teeth reattach to your gums.
Comprehensive Dentistry in Edgewater, Maryland
Whether you need a preventative, cosmetic, or restorative dental treatment, our dental office offers a variety of treatment plans designed to address your specific needs. Give us a call at 410-956-3525 or schedule an appointment with us online to get started!