A routine cleaning every six months allows a dentist to prevent gum issues by removing plaque from the smile. However, should plaque and tartar buildup grow severe and lead to inflamed gum tissues, you may need more than a simple cleaning. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist explains how a deep cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing, could stop gingivitis.
The Onset of Gingivitis
Gingivitis develops when the gum tissues become irritated and inflamed. A number of factors could cause this, including the use of certain medications, inflammatory illnesses, a family history of periodontal issues, or smoking and tobacco use. However, poor oral hygiene is most frequently the culprit. When we don’t care for our smile as we should, and we eat foods and drink beverages high in sugar, this allows plaque buildup to form on the teeth. A bacterial byproduct, plaque not only weakens and erodes tooth enamel, causing cavities, but also leads to gum inflammation. When you notice your gum tissues look red, feel sore, or bleed easily, then you should contact our team for an exam and potentially, a deep cleaning.
The Scaling And Root Planing
By removing the plaque and tartar from the teeth and the roots, we can reduce the severity of plaque buildup. This reverses gingivitis and if you’ve developed gum disease, then this starts the process of managing the disease to prevent periodontitis. The process begins with an ultrasonic scaling device removing all plaque from the teeth. Depending on the severity of the buildup, the process could take between one and four visits. After we remove plaque and tartar, we next polish the teeth for a more attractive appearance and smoother finish. In addition to better oral health, you also enjoy a brighter smile and fresher breath too.
The Dangers of Untreated Periodontal Disease
Without treatment, gum disease could reach an advanced stage known as periodontitis. At this stage, the tissues connecting the teeth and the gums are destroyed, leading to adult tooth loss. Which is why routine treatment to manage the disease, or prevent it, is crucial for protecting your smile. You should also take steps to safeguard your smile from home. We suggest brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes, and also flossing every night before going to bed.
Do You Have Questions About Gum Health?
With routine care and preventive dentistry, we can help you maintain a strong and healthy smile, and avoid the issues related to periodontitis. If you want to learn more about improving the health and beauty of your smile, then contact Dr. Ivan Lapidus in Los Angeles, CA, by calling (310) 446-4867. We’re proud to serve residents of the San Luis Obispo area!