If you have been diagnosed with needing a deep cleaning, don’t worry. Knowing what you need is just the first step to rid you of periodontal disease and luckily it is treatable. Periodontal disease is an infection of the structures around the teeth, which include gums, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone. In extreme cases, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. A deep cleaning is a lot less painless than most patients realize.
Gum disease can be caused by a lack of consistent and proper brushing and flossing, long periods of time between regular professional dental cleanings, and other known conditions such as diabetes. Women who are pregnant may also experience temporary bouts of inflammation and gum disease which should be monitored by a dentist.
Who Needs Deep Cleaning?
Untreated tartar and plaque over a period of time allows for bacteria to build up, causing infection of the gum and leading to gingivitis. When dentist detect extreme problems as this, they recommend a deep cleaning to prevent serious damage and the loss of teeth.
Symptoms of Gum Diseases
Typically, there is little pain with gum disease. To prevent even more serious issues or tooth loss, seek immediate attention if you notice the following:
- Tender, red, bleeding or swollen gums
- Gums receding from the tooth
- Bad breath
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Pus surrounding gums and teeth
- Receding gums
- Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
- Changes in the way teeth fit together upon biting down, or in the fit of partial dentures.
Deep cleanings help to stop the deterioration of teeth. By removing all bacteria, the loss of teeth is drastically decreased.