Preventing Disease with Periodontal Cleanings

3D illustration showing dentist tools and dental plaque on model. 3D illustration.Last week we discussed the dangers that can arise from internal infection and how you can prevent losing your tooth with a root canal treatment. While it is the step above extraction, there is yet more that can be done to prevent a tooth from becoming beyond saving. In this week’s blog post, your Des Moines, IA dentist at Gateway Dental Group will explain how a periodontal cleaning can not only protect your teeth from future harm, but prevent you from developing gum disease as well.

Removing Harmful Bacteria

As you may be aware, harmful bacteria makes itself present in one form or another within your grin, and depending on your preventive routine, can be more difficult to manage in some forms than in others. You often hear of the dangers of gingivitis and gum disease, but how do you know when it is affecting you before it is too late, and how can you act on it?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is actually one of the most common oral health concerns for adults, and consists of a serious infection that damages the gums and causes deterioration to the jaw bone structure. Approximately more than 3 million cases are reported in the United States per year, and many adults do not recognize the stage at which it is time to worry. It can result in the gums bleeding often, separation of gums from the teeth, and more. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is imperative to contact your provider immediately and seek treatment.

Smoothing Your Root’s Texture

When you attend your periodontal cleaning, keep in mind that the process will take more than one visit and your dentist will work with you and map out the best course of action. Once that is decided, the dentist will then begin the process by thoroughly cleaning below the gum line so as to remove any harmful bacteria that have nestled below and attached to the tooth roots. Once the bacteria is removed, your dentist will polish the roots, known as root planing, in order to smooth the surface of the roots to prevent bacteria from latching on as easily in the future. The dentist will perform this procedure sections at a time, so it is best to bear mind of the timeline associated.

Avoiding Gum Disease

While it is one of the most common oral concerns out there, gum disease can be serious if left untreated. Fortunately, it can be avoided with routine preventive care coupled with a periodontal cleaning if your provider deems it necessary. For more information about the procedure itself, or to schedule your appointment with our Des Moines, IA team, contact Gateway Dental Group by calling 515-244-9565 today.