How Does a Deep Cleaning Stop Gum Disease?

February 5, 2019

Once we develop gum disease, there is no cure. Instead, treatment will be necessary to manage the issue and prevent the advanced stages, which could impact the stability of your smile. In order to stop the progression of the disease and control inflammation, we may suggest Olathe, KS, patients undergo a scaling and root planing. Also known as a deep cleaning, how does this procedure help ensure better gum health?

The Onset of Gum Disease

Why do some of us develop periodontal disease? The problem starts with inflammation. Our gums become inflamed due to a number of factors, such as poor oral hygiene allowing serious plaque buildup to form, as well as smoking, certain prolonged illnesses, and even a family history of periodontal issues. While inflammation, also known as gingivitis, can be reversed, once the gums pull away for the teeth and form deep pockets for bacteria to enter, gum disease forms. Again, the disease cannot be cured, but routine treatment can successfully manage the disease and safeguard your smile from periodontitis.

The Dangers of Periodontitis

Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease. At this stage, the disease actually attacks the tissues connecting the teeth and gums. Periodontal pockets grow deeper and the teeth become loose. Eventually, patients actually suffer from tooth loss. Periodontitis is actually the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.

Scaling and Root Planning

When you begin to exhibit the warning signs of gum disease, which include sore, red gums that bleed easily, as well as recession and swelling in the gum tissue, see us right away. Often, a scaling and root planing will help reduce inflammation. Afterward, a routine cleaning every three to four moths will enable us to keep the disease in check.

The scaling and root planing involve the use of a ultrasonic scaler to remove plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) from the teeth and the roots. The procedure can be completed in one visit or take up to four, depending on the extent of your buildup. Removing the plaque helps reduce the depth of exposed periodontal pockets and improve oral health. If you have any questions about recognizing gum disease, or if you think you may need treatment, then contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy optimal oral health and safeguard the stability of your smile!

Do You Have Sore or Bleeding Gums?

If you suffer the warning signs of periodontal disease, then talk to our team about possible solutions. To schedule a consultation and discuss possible treatment options, call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Edgerton, Shawnee, Johnson County, and all surrounding communities.