When the bacteria in your mouth gets beneath your gum line, it can lead to periodontal disease and tooth loss. Saeid Badie, DDS, provides advanced periodontal cleaning services at his practice in Tucson, Arizona. If you have red, swollen gums that bleed easily, you may have the early stages of periodontal disease. Call Dr. Badie or schedule a periodontal cleaning online today.
During regular professional teeth cleaning, your hygienist cleans away plaque and bacteria and polishes the visible parts of your teeth. A periodontal cleaning — sometimes called a deep cleaning or root planing and scaling — cleans below your gum line, removing the bacteria and plaque that can lead to gum disease and tooth loss.
A periodontal cleaning is similar to regular cleaning, but Dr. Badie or your hygienist uses special tools including ultrasonic devices or lasers to clean below your gum lines. You may notice more pressure during a periodontal cleaning.
If you have deep pockets in your gums, Dr. Badie may use a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort during the cleaning.
You always have some bacteria in your mouth. However, if you have too much sugar in your diet or don’t take care of your teeth correctly at home, those bacteria can multiply. As they eat away at your tooth enamel, they can also get to the microscopic space between your teeth and gums.
As the bacteria continue to multiply below your gum line, it causes your gums to pull away from your teeth, creating pockets that provide the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive, which leads to gum disease, damages your teeth roots, and eventually leads to tooth loss.
Periodontal cleaning removes the bacteria and helps your gums heal to protect your overall dental health.
Your gums may feel slightly tender after a deep cleaning. However, your gums heal quickly, especially after the bacteria and plaque have been removed, and any discomfort should subside quickly.
Dr. Badie provides advice on how to take care of your teeth and gums after a deep cleaning, including specific toothpaste and mouthwashes formulated to reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth and support gum health. You may also need more frequent professional cleanings if you have an increased risk of gum disease.
The best way to reduce your risk of gum disease is to practice excellent dental hygiene at home. Brush your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day and floss once a day. You can also protect your teeth and gums by having routine dental checkups and cleanings.
If you have swollen or red gums or are due for a dental checkup, call Dr. Badie or make an appointment online today.