Having a healthy smile depends on a lot of good habits and practices. These include brushing your teeth two times a day, flossing at least once a day, and making regular appointments with your Lake Orion, MI, dentist for checkups and cleanings. While you may see a difference in your smile on a surface level, you have to be aware of what you cannot see. That is where we can help with a deep cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing procedure.
How Will A Deep Cleaning Help Me?
Gum disease affects almost 80 percent of U.S. adults, and it is sometimes left untreated because patients may not experience pain associated with the disease. But if left untreated, it can cause all sorts of problems, such as losing a tooth or multiple teeth. The earliest stage of the disease is called gingivitis, which is easily treatable when detected early. The way we correct it is through scaling and root planing, a common dental procedure that can be done in the office.
Scaling? Root Planing? Please Explain
When plaque and tartar build up over time, they can work their way below the gum line and around the roots of your teeth. After carefully examining your teeth and gums, we can set up the procedure if we determine this is happening. You will be given local anesthesia to help ease any pain that you may experience, and then we will perform the scaling part. This is when we clean your teeth, from top to bottom, and remove excess plaque and tartar. The roots are where oral bacteria love to live. After doing that, we perform the root planing part. That is when we smooth out the roots so that it is difficult for oral bacteria to cling to them. Your gum tissue will reattach itself to the roots during the healing process. A topical antibacterial treatment like Arestin may be prescribed to you to help the gum tissue heal more successfully. The treatment may take several visits depending on the extent of the issue.
Looking For Signs Of Gum Disease
There are some signs you can look for that could mean gum disease is affecting you. These include a change in your bite, regular bad breath, loose or moving teeth, and tender or bleeding gums. If you are experiencing any of these, please visit us. We can examine you and determine if it is gingivitis or something else.
Schedule An Appointment With Us Today
Detecting gum disease early is paramount to keeping your oral health in good standing. Contact us to learn how you can benefit from a deep cleaning. To schedule an appointment, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI, today at 248-693-6213.