Preventative Services - Periodontal Cleaning

Periodontal disease affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth causing inflammation, tooth loss, and bone damage.  The infection usually starts when the gums become inflamed due to bacteria in plaque, a sticky, colorless film that forms on your teeth.  Some other factors which can affect the health of the gums and bone are smoking or tobacco use, stress, genetics, pregnancy, medications, diabetes, poor nutrition. 

Periodontal disease comes in many forms. Gingivitis, when the gums become red, swollen and bleed easily, is perhaps the mildest form of gum disease and typically there is very little to no discomfort. With a good oral hygiene regimen and treatment from your hygienist and dentist, the results of gingivitis can be reversed. 

Periodontitis is another form of periodontal disease and can be aggressive or chronic. Aggressive periodontitis displays rapid bone destruction and attachment loss in clinically healthy patients. Chronic periodontitis, recognized by gum recession and pocket formation, progresses slowly and is frequently seen in adults.  A deep cleaning (scaling and root planing,) is sometimes recommended to reduce the risk of further destruction of the supporting tissue. 

Daily brushing and flossing can keep plaque to a minimum and, in conjunction with professional cleanings 2-4 times a year, can keep your teeth healthy for life.


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David Hill, DDS
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