How Does A Deep Cleaning Stop Gingivitis?

For a number of reasons, many of us will be likely to develop gum inflammation, also known as gingivitis. What can be done to protect smiles in Des Moines, IA, from gingivitis and other periodontal issues? We may suggest deep cleanings, also known as periodontal cleanings, to address these issues and help maintain optimal oral health.

Gingivitis and Gum Disease

When we don’t take proper care of our smiles, plaque buildup could accumulate as bacteria break down food particles. Over time, the buildup of plaque and tartar could inflame the gum tissue. As inflammation grows more severe, the gums may pull from the teeth and expose deep periodontal pockets. Once bacteria enter these pockets, periodontal disease begins. While gingivitis can be reversed, gum disease cannot be cured and requires treatment to manage. Keeping your gum disease managed helps prevent the loss of your natural teeth due to periodontitis, the advanced stage of the disease. Warning signs of gingivitis and gum disease could include sore, red gums that bleed easily, as well as swelling in the gums and recession.

Scaling and Root Planings

A scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning, involves removing the plaque buildup and tartar from the surface of the teeth and the roots. The treatment employs an ultrasonic scaling device to break up and remove the buildup carefully from your smile. We then polish your teeth thoroughly. The amount of time the procedure takes depends on the extent of your plaque buildup. For minor cases, we may treat the issue in one visit. However, some may need up to four separate visits to complete the procedure. If you have sore gums and notice bleeding when you brush or floss, then let us know right away. Don’t let the disease continue to grow and progress, threatening your smile’s healthy and stability.

Preventing Gum Disease

But what can patients to do avoid the onset of gingivitis or gum disease completely? Well, routine homecare and regular visits help safeguard your smile. For example, you should brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, always using a fluoridated toothpaste. We also insist you floss every night before going to bed. Routine visits every six months enable us to monitor your gums, and a cleaning removes plaque buildup completely to prevent inflammation. If you have any questions about treating or preventing periodontal problems, then contact our team today.


Our team wants to help you maintain a healthy smile, which includes offering treatments to stop inflammation and manage periodontal disease. Our practice is ready to help families in Des Moines, IA enjoy better oral health with cleanings. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (515) 244-9565.