In last week’s blog, we discussed the many ways that adult tooth loss can impact your oral health, including functional difficulties, jaw bone deterioration, and increased chances of losing more structures. Indeed, loss is not something to take lightly, and can be cause more often than not by severe decay or infections such as periodontal disease. In this week’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA dentist will look at the importance of staying on top of your oral health with a periodontal cleaning.
Cleaning Beneath the Surface
Gum disease is the leading dental concern out there, affecting roughly 3 million adults in the United States alone yearly. While it may be common, it is not something to take lightly. In fact, many adults who acquire the infection often do not seek help until it has progressed significantly, as they are unsure when to address the issue. If you come to us in the early stages, however, we can help treat the issue with a deep periodontal cleaning.
A scaling and root planing procedure typically requires meeting with the dentist beforehand to plan, as it will take more than one visit to complete. During the procedure, your dentist will carefully but thoroughly clean below the gum line by removing deposits of oral bacteria, plaque, and tartar that have formed there, working on a section at a time. Once your roots have been scaled, it is time to start planing.
The purpose for planing, or polishing the root’s surface, is to create a smoother texture that makes it difficult for harmful bacteria to reattach to. Bacteria first make their way beneath the gum line by being drawn there due to food particles or other substances that are lodged between teeth. Because the roots are not visible and are housed below the protective tissues, bacteria can more easily attach. By taking the steps to seek periodontal treatment, you will have an increased chance of preventing gum disease. For more information, contact our team.
Protection from Harm
Your smile is one of your greatest assets, and keeping it healthy is a top priority. While decay and infection can set in from a variety of circumstances, routine preventive care at home and by visiting the office will significantly improve your chances of maintaining a healthy smile for life. Indeed, many adults could benefit from a deep cleaning, as roughly 80 percent of adults acquire periodontal disease in some shape or form throughout their lives.
Schedule Your Visit
For more information or to schedule your scaling and root planing appointment with our office, contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today. It is better to act sooner rather than later when it comes to your oral health, and we are here to help.