Do You Need a Periodontal Cleaning?

If you have high risk factors for gum disease, then we may suggest a preventive measure to safeguard your smile. A periodontal cleaning can help reduce the risk of gum disease, or allow our team to successfully manage the disease. What should you expect from this procedure?

Frequently Asked Questions About Avoiding Periodontal Cleanings

Question: When do I need one?

Answer: We may prescribe one should you experience the common warning signs of gingivitis or gum disease, such as sore gums, redness, or bleeding gums when you brush or floss. We can use the procedure to reverse gingivitis or manage the early stages of periodontal disease.

Question: What does a periodontal cleaning involve?

Answer: The procedure, also known as a scaling and root planing, involves gently removing all plaque from the surface of the teeth and roots. We can complete the procedure in one visit, although serious cases may require more than one visit.

Question: What happens if the disease forms?

Answer: Once gum disease forms, it cannot be cured. We will need to perform routine cleanings and the occasional periodontal cleaning to prevent the disease from reaching the periodontitis stage. Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease, one in which the connective tissues between the teeth and gums are severed, leading to adult tooth loss.

Question: How do I safeguard my smile from home?

Answer: You can help protect your smile from home by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every night before bed. We also suggest avoiding cigarettes and other tobacco products. Every six months you should also see us for a routine visit, so we can monitor the health of your gums. If you have any questions about our periodontal treatment options, then contact our team today.

Gateway Dental Group Can Safeguard Your Smile

At Gateway Dental Group, we can help your smile stay free of periodontal disease. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Burds and his team at Gateway Dental Groupcall our office today at (515) 244-9565. Located in Des Moines, IA, we proudly welcome patients from the Des Moines area, and surrounding communities.