Does Bleeding Gums Mean You Need A Periodontal Cleaning?

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Periodontal disease could lead to uncomfortable symptoms and even the onset of adult tooth loss. But to help manage the disease, we could offer a periodontal cleaning, known as a scaling and root planing. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist talks about the wanting signs of the disease and the periodontal cleaning process.

The Warning Signs of Trouble

How do you know your gums are in danger? Warning signs of gingivitis and gum disease include sore, red gums that bleed easily. In the gingivitis stage, we can reverse inflammation and prevent the onset of disease. Once periodontal disease develops, treatment is needed to manage it in order to prevent the later stages linked to adult tooth loss. When you notice changes in your gums and discomfort, then let us know right away. We will examine your smile and find out if you need treatment to protect the stability of your smile. 

The Periodontal Cleaning 

We begin by gently numbing your smile with a local anesthetic. Next, we use an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to remove the plaque and tartar buildup from both the surfaces of the teeth and the roots. A traditional cleaning only involves taking buildup from the tooth’s surface. The process could take one visit, or as many as two to four depending on the buildup’s severity. When we’re done, we will thoroughly polish the teeth for a brighter appearance. Afterward, you may need a traditional cleaning every three to four months to keep inflammation and disease under control, so your smile stays whole and healthy.

Preventive Action 

To help prevent inflammation and periodontal troubles, we suggest taking time to brush in the morning and then again before bed. You also need to floss before bed, and avoid the use of tobacco products. Try to eat a healthier diet too, cutting back on sugary and starch-rich foods and drinks to prevent major plaque buildup. You should also see our team every six months so we can examine your smile and watch for the earliest signs of trouble. We will also clean your teeth during these visits, preventing major buildup from inflaming your gingival tissues. 

If you have any questions about how we treat the issue with a periodontal cleaning, or about preventive actions you can take from home, then contact our team today. We would love to help you protect your smile during 2022!


We want to help you avoid the dangers of gum disease with a scaling and root planing. If you would like to learn more, contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.