When patients visit our Lake Orion, MI practice, one of the common questions we receive from them is how they will know if they need a periodontal cleaning or a traditional cleaning. Generally speaking, those requiring traditional professional cleanings are those whose gums are healthy! Those in need of a deep (or periodontal) cleaning will include those individuals whose gums are not so healthy. However, we know that you’re interested in some deeper details, so we are happy to get you started (and will be pleased to offer you personalized answers when we see you next!).
You Won’t Know Without Seeing Us
We want you to recognize that the only way you’ll know without a shadow of a doubt whether you need a periodontal cleaning is if you visit us for a dental checkup. Yes, you can make assumptions by looking at your gums in the mirror. However, you won’t necessarily always make the correct diagnosis. For instance, in some cases, you may assume your gums are in excellent health but a deep cleaning may be required. Come in, so you can very easily keep your periodontal health safe!
If It’s Been A While Since Your Last Visit, Only Maybe
The truth is, it’s not just about the amount of time it’s been since your last visit. You may assume that you’re going to need a periodontal cleaning just because you haven’t been in to see a dentist for 10 years but that isn’t necessarily true! Remember that the reason a person may require a deep cleaning is due to the presence of gum disease. So, if you have managed to take excellent care of your teeth and gums for a long time and your gum tissue is healthy, you may continue on with receiving traditional dental cleanings!
If Your Gums Are Bleeding, Only Maybe
Are your gums bleeding? If so, and it’s the result of a periodontal problem, then you’re probably going to require a periodontal cleaning, so we can begin healing your gum tissue. However, remember that it’s entirely possible you’re bleeding as a result of a small cut that you didn’t realize you had. Before you jump to any conclusions, remember: Come in to see us for the answers you seek!
If We Diagnose A Problem, Then Yes!
As mentioned, if we diagnose an issue that requires a periodontal cleaning, then yes: You absolutely need this type of care. If not, then no, you do not! It’s really that simple to figure out, so come see us ASAP!
Protect Gum Health With Essential Care
Visit our team for your regularly scheduled dental checkups and set up additional care when you recognize symptoms of gum disease. Follow through with periodontal care when suggested, so you may protect your gums. To schedule a visit for in Lake Orion, MI, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry today at 248-693-6213.