Did you know that some form of gum disease affects around 80% of Americans at some point during their lives? Gum disease, the most common cause of tooth loss, often shows up in the form of a bleeding or swollen gums. This is the most common first sign of the disease, and it can still be reversed and cured at this stage. Keep reading to discover how a dental deep cleaning in Austin can save your gums from periodontal (gum) disease before it’s too late!
WHAT IS GUM DISEASE?
Gum (periodontal) disease is an infection that damages the gums, tooth roots, and bone structure that supports your teeth. The most common cause of this disease is poor oral hygiene. Plaque builds up and forms into tartar at the gumline. Tartar can only be removed by a dentist, and if it isn’t cleaned, it will cause your gums to become tender, sensitive, and bloody when brushing or flossing.
WHEN DO YOU NEED A DEEP CLEANING?
If gum disease is caught early enough, a simple checkup and cleaning combined with a good oral health routine will reverse it. However, if you haven’t been to regular dentist’s appointments or haven’t maintained good oral healthcare, your dentist may recommend a deep periodontal (gum) cleaning.
WHAT IS A DEEP CLEANING?
A deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing is a very necessary treatment when gum disease has advanced past the beginning stages. During this procedure, your dentist will scrape away tartar and plaque on the surface of your teeth and under your gums. Regular cleanings do not clean under the gums, which is why deep cleanings are necessary because they help prevent periodontal disease in Austin from becoming more serious. Although this treatment sounds unpleasant, your dentist will use a local anesthetic, so you won’t feel as much discomfort.
After plaque and tartar are cleaned out from in between your teeth and gums, your gums will begin to re-form around your teeth. This process can take 6 to 8 weeks, but thanks to your deep cleaning, your gums will form a tight seal against your teeth once more.
HOW CAN I PREVENT GUM DISEASE?
If you maintain regular dental checkups and cleanings as well as daily brushing and flossing, the chances of you needing scaling and root planing are slim. But gum disease is far more common than you think. Deep cleaning can be the difference between losing and keeping a tooth.
Now that you know what gum disease is and how a deep cleaning can help, talk to your dentist about your gum health. During a routine checkup, they will check on the well-being of your gums and bone structure to keep your oral health in tip-top shape!
MEET THE DENTIST
A graduate of the Baylor College of Dentistry, Dr. Hector Carlos Tijerina delivers personalized and high-quality dentistry at his practice. He knows that gum disease is a common issue, which is why he provides deep cleanings for his patients. He currently practices at Parkfield Family Dental, and he can be contacted through his website or by phone at (512) 213-6778 for any questions.