Oral hygiene is of great importance to just about everyone. However, not many people are aware of what goes on underneath the gum line. While your teeth look small, they are much larger than how they appear. If you start developing gum disease, regular teeth cleanings will not be enough to restore your gums and teeth to a healthy state. As soon as you start developing gum disease, you should consider receiving a deep cleaning (scaling and root planing).
Scaling and root planing is the process of scraping away the plaque, tartar, and bacteria that has formed beneath the gum line. After this, the pockets that have formed in the roots of your teeth are smoothed out to prevent further build up. This process allows for your your gums to regenerate and the periodontal pockets to shrink. A gum evaluation can help determine the condition of your gums!
Unfortunately, similar to hypertension or diabetes, gum disease cannot be cured—just treated. For this reason, deep cleanings become essential for your oral hygiene and maintaining good oral health. If you do not receive treatment, your gum disease will develop further and cause damage to your gums, teeth, and jaw bone. By receiving deep cleanings, you are properly treating your gum disease and preventing further damage from occurring. If you suffer from diabetes, would you leave it untreated or seek treatment? You should view your gum disease in the same manner.
Gum disease is often “silent,” meaning it does not have many signs or symptoms. However, if you notice your gums bleeding while you brush, or inflammation in your gums, you may want to consider scheduling an appointment to see your dentist.
To find out more on root planing and scaling, visit Oral-B’s site.
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If you think you may be suffering from gum disease, or need to receive a deep cleaning, call our office in Olney today to schedule a visit with Dr. Levine.