Periodontal Cleaning

Deep Cleaning to Control Gingivitis

There aren’t many stages between excessive plaque and tartar buildup, and the issues like gingivitis that result from it. However, you have many chances of preventing this from occurring. Brushing and flossing away bacteria-rich plaque every day, combined with visiting us regularly for professional cleanings can largely keep your smile healthy and free of disease. Fortunately, you also have a chance of saving your smile if gingivitis does form. During your exam, we might notice signs such as red and inflamed gums, and recommend periodontal cleaning to help you stop gingivitis from progressing.

The origins of gum disease

Gingivitis is only the first of several stages of gum disease, which affects about 80 percent of adults in the U.S. Its more severe stage – periodontitis – is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. However, the disease is highly manageable at any stage, and when detected and treated early, it can be controlled before it causes any significant damage to your smile. The point of scaling and root planing, or deep cleaning, is to remove the oral bacteria that work their way underneath your gums and settle on your teeth roots, which is how gingivitis first develops.

The scaling and root planing procedure

Periodontal cleaning is often referred to as deep cleaning because it’s more involved than regular dental cleaning, which only focuses on cleaning the visible crowns of your teeth. During a scaling and root planing procedure, we’ll carefully access and clean your teeth roots of plaque and tartar, then polish their surfaces to discourage bacteria buildup until your next visit. For optimal comfort, your procedure may be divided into multiple visits. After its completion, we can also recommend topical antibacterial treatment (such as Arestin) to help your gums heal more successfully.

Find out if you need periodontal cleaning

If you show signs of gingivitis, then regular dental cleaning may not be enough to keep your smile healthy anymore. To find out if you need scaling and root planing to address gingivitis, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Orion Family Dentistry today at 248-693-6213. Located in Lake Orion, MI, we also proudly serve the residents of Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, Clarkston, Oxford, all surrounding communities.