As adults, we have a high risk of developing gum disease, a very serious issue linked with adult tooth loss, among other major health complications. By preventing the disease, we help preserve our smiles and our overall oral health. In today’s blog, we’re looking at how a simple dental cleaning helps protect smiles in Independence, MO, from periodontal disease.
The Causes of Poor Gum Health
How do our gums develop this disease? The problem starts with inflammation. Also known as gingivitis, gum inflammation develops for a number of different reasons. For example, smoking and tobacco use increases the risk of inflammation and disease. Poor oral hygiene, which enables plaque to form on the teeth and inflame gums, is also a factor. Family history of poor gum health is also a potential cause. While gingivitis can be reversed, once periodontal disease forms, we need to administer treatment to manage the disease, as there is no cure. Lack of routine care means periodontal disease becomes periodontitis, the advanced stage linked to adult tooth loss.
The Benefits of a Routine Cleaning
When you see us every six months for a dental cleaning, we remove all plaque and tartar from your teeth before polishing your smile. Removing this buildup helps people avoid the onset gum disease and reduces inflammation. If you have the disease, routine care helps prevent periodontitis from occurring. For those with high risk factors of developing the disease, we may suggest a routine visit every three to four months.
At home, you should brush your teeth for two minutes twice daily, and also floss thoroughly every night before bed. These actions help limit how much plaque can accumulate in between your cleaning visits.
Scaling and Root Planing
For some, gum recession from the inflammation or disease, combined with increased plaque and tartar accumulation, could mean more than a simple cleaning is needed. To restore your smile’s health and enable routine care to be effective, you may need a scaling and root planing. Using an ultrasonic scaler, we remove all buildup from the surface of the teeth and roots. The procedure may take one visit to complete, or could require as many as four visits, depending on the extent of your buildup. If you have any questions about caring for your smile, then please contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy optimal oral health, and gums free of disease!
Ready for an Oral Hygiene Appointment?
Having your teeth cleaned helps promote better oral health. For more information on our preventive dental treatments, schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Kansas City, Grain Valley, Liberty, and all surrounding communities.