Did you know that about 47.2% of adults age 30 and older have periodontitis? This number jumps up to 70.1% for adults age 65 and older. The good news is that we offerso patients can avoid receding gums, tooth loss, and other consequences of poor gum health.
If you suspect you have gum disease, be sure to ask our dentists if you’re a candidate for periodontal deep cleanings.
Our dentists use scaling and root planing to manage periodontal disease. During the procedure, we use an instrument to remove plaque that has hardened into tartar. We gently scrape plaque both above and below the gums. Our dentists then smooth the rough spots on your teeth to help your gums reattach.
After, we use a gritty paste to remove plaque and polish teeth. This makes a smooth surface that’s difficult for plaque to build up again. Yet, it’s important to remember that this effect won’t last forever. You’ll need to maintain good oral hygiene at home to protect your teeth and gums.
After the procedure, our dentists will measure how deep your gum pockets are around teeth. Depending on the results, we may recommend further periodontal treatment. Our dentists can help you plan your next steps for periodontal disease treatment.
It’s important that you maintain good oral hygiene at home. Before you leave, we’ll give you instructions on how to prevent plaque from building up again. In general, we recommend brushing twice a day and flossing once daily. Our dentists may also recommend a fluoride mouth rinse to strengthen tooth enamel. Following our instructions will help you remove plaque on teeth and down to 2mm below the gums.