Deep Cleaning – Natick, MA
Restore Your Gum Health with a Deep Cleaning
Your gum health is equally important as that of your teeth. Unfortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 50% of adults have a form of periodontal disease. This is a preventable infection that develops in the gum tissue due to bacteria found in plaque and tartar accumulations. If it is not treated quickly, it can lead to the eventual loss of your teeth while also negatively impacting your general health. To stop the infection, you need a deep cleaning in Natick with Dr. Christina Papageorgiou.
Do I Need a Deep Cleaning?
Gum disease is a serious infection that first appears as red, swollen, or bleeding gums. At this stage, it is known as gingivitis, which is easily treatable and will not produce long-term damage. If you do not receive a deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar, the infection intensifies. Eventually, it destroys the supporting structures of your teeth. Over time, they can become loose and fall out.
The bacteria responsible for the infection can also enter your bloodstream. As it circulates throughout your body, it causes serious health complications, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory infections, and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
During your routine dental visit, your dentist in Natick, Dr. Papageorgiou, not only checks the health of your teeth but that of your gums as well. She looks for signs of the infection and uses probing to measure the area around your teeth to see if pockets of over 3 millimeters have formed in the gingival tissue. If the pocket depth is greater than 5 millimeters, it is best to have a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing to remove trapped bacteria from the spaces between the tissue and your teeth.
Deep Cleaning Process
Your periodontal dentist in Natick first performs the scaling procedure to remove plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth and the roots using special dental tools. After the pockets are free from buildup, root planing is used to smooth the areas to prevent future accumulations. Generally, it requires 2 appointments to complete both procedures.
Following your treatment, your gums naturally become healthier over the next few weeks. In some cases, your dentist may recommend more frequent preventive appointments to keep your gums healthy.
Protecting Your Gum Health
To stop the infection from developing again, it is best to be proactive about your gum health. Brush your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes using a soft-bristled toothbrush and tartar control toothpaste. Take the time to floss in between each tooth and around your gum line every night before going to bed. In some cases, we may recommend the use of an antibacterial mouthrinse to further reduce harmful bacteria levels in your mouth.
Restore Your Smile Today!
At the first sign of gum disease, do not wait to see your dentist. With quick intervention, Dr. Papageorgiou can save your smile to protect your oral and general health. Contact Papageorgiou Dental Associates today to schedule your consultation.