The earliest stage of poor periodontal health is gum inflammation, known as gingivitis. At this stage, the issue could be reversed with routine care, preventing the onset of gum disease and preserving your smile. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist will explain how we treat this concern with a deep cleaning, known as scaling and root planing.
The Causes of Gingivitis
Gum inflammation could be caused by poor oral hygiene. Foods high in sugar and starch, combined with improper or infrequent brushing and flossing, could allow plaque buildup to accumulate and coat the teeth. The buildup then irritates and inflames the periodontal tissues. Lack of professional cleanings to remove plaque and tartar could also be a factor. Inflammation could arise due to inflammatory illnesses and the use of certain medications, as well as the use of tobacco products. A family history of periodontal trouble is a major factor too.
Warning Signs and Complications
When inflammation first begins, your gums could appear red or feel sore. Bleeding is also common. These symptoms will grow more severe with time. Unless addressed, the inflammation could grow severe enough for the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets for harmful oral bacteria to enter. At this stage, periodontal disease develops. Remember, gingivitis can be reversed, but once gum disease forms treatment is necessary to manage the disease and prevent periodontitis, the advanced stage linked to adult tooth loss.
The Scaling and Root Planing
To help treat the issue, we may suggest a scaling and root planing. We begin by administering a local anesthesia, and then using an ultrasonic scaler and manual tool, we remove all plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth and the roots. For some, the process could take one visit. For others, up to four visits may be necessary. We complete the procedure by polishing the teeth. For some, we may recommend a regular dental cleaning every three to four months afterward to better manage the disease. You also help by avoiding tobacco products, eating a healthier diet, and thoroughly brushing twice a day and flossing every evening. You should also attend your checkup and cleaning visits.
If you have any questions about avoiding periodontal issues, or if you have sore, red gums that bleed easily, then contact our team today. We’re ready to create a custom treatment plan to help you enjoy a stronger and healthier smile!
Do You Have Questions About Deep Cleanings?
Good gum health could help you enjoy a full and comfortable smile. If you want to learn more about how we diagnose and treat gingivitis and periodontal disease, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.