gingivitisThere’s a good reason why dentists everywhere recommend brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing. Preventative care like this does a lot for maintaining good oral hygiene. Similarly, avoiding sugary and stain-inducing foods and beverages can keep your smile looking bright. However, even practicing the best habits at home cannot fully prevent all issues. Plaque and tartar build-up occurs perpetually, and if it isn’t properly addressed, it can lead to periodontal diseases, like gingivitis. In these cases, you might need a deep cleaning that consists of scaling and root planing. In today’s blog, your Silver City, MN dentist’s office discusses the benefits of these procedures and how they can keep your gums healthy. 

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Simply put, Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums. Gingivitis is the earliest and most common stage of this infection. It occurs when bacteria seep their way into the gums, causing them to become inflamed. An excessive build-up of plaque and tartar often causes the infection, so amply brushing your teeth and flossing can help a lot. That said, you will still need regular checkups and cleanings to prevent too much from accumulating. If too many bacteria make their way to the gums, gingivitis is likely. Luckily, we can provide a periodontal cleaning to help mitigate serious gum issues.

Do I Need A Deep Cleaning?

A deep cleaning is different than a normal checkup in that it focuses on where your teeth enter your gums — known as the roots. If you have gingivitis, you likely need this procedure done. Common signs of this infection include redness and swelling of your gums, bleeding when you brush or floss, chronic bad breath, and increased sensitivity. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to reach out to your dentist, so they can potentially perform scaling and root planing.

What Are Scaling And Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing are done to remove plaque and tartar from underneath your gumline to combat gingivitis. Scaling happens first and consists of delicately exposing parts of your teeth that are set in your gum and carefully removing the bacteria buildup. Next, the root surfaces are polished so plaque and tartar have a harder time settling back there in the future. This is called root planing. 

Contact Us To Learn How You Can Fight Gingivitis

If you think you might have gingivitis, do not wait to schedule an appointment with Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM by calling 575-534-3699. You can also visit our office at 1608 North Bennett St. Silver City, NM 8806. Even if you take proper care of your teeth at home, you could still be at risk for periodontal disease. We look forward to hearing from you and helping.