At SmileSpace™, we believe that informed patients make better decisions for their oral health. Let’s explore the essentials of periodontal disease, its causes, signs to watch for, and how deep cleanings can help.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is a dental issue that affects your gums and the supporting structures around your teeth. It comes in various stages, from mild (gingivitis) to more severe (periodontitis).

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

The main trigger for gum disease is the accumulation of plaque and tartar on your teeth, especially near the gumline. Other factors contributing to its development include:

  • Neglected Oral Hygiene: Inadequate brushing and flossing lead to plaque buildup.
  • Tobacco Use: Smoking or using tobacco products can worsen gum disease.
  • Genetic Factors: Some individuals may be genetically predisposed to gum problems.
  • Underlying Health Conditions: Conditions like diabetes can increase the risk.
  • Certain Medications: Some medications may negatively impact oral health.

Signs and Symptopms

To keep your oral health in check, it’s essential to be aware of these common indicators:

  • Bleeding Gums
  • Red or Swollen Gums
  • Bad Breath
  • Gum Recession
  • Tooth Sensitivity
  • Loose Teeth

Deep cleanings, also known as scaling and root planing, are the foundation of gum disease treatment. This non-surgical procedure involves two key steps:

  • Scaling: Skilled dental professionals use specialized instruments to meticulously remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline.
  • Root Planing: After scaling, tooth root surfaces are smoothed to encourage gum reattachment and deter bacterial buildup.

Why Are Deep Cleanings Important?

  • Halting Disease Progression: Deep cleanings can stop gum disease from getting worse and prevent further damage.
  • Improved Oral Health: They promote healthier gums, reduce inflammation, and can help prevent tooth loss.
  • Overall Health: Recent research suggests that treating gum disease may have broader health benefits, potentially reducing the risk of other health issues.

Understanding periodontal disease and the role of deep cleanings is essential for maintaining your oral health. If you suspect gum disease or need deep cleanings, our experienced team at SmileSpace™ is here to provide expert care and guidance. Schedule an appointment today to take the first step towards a healthier mouth and a brighter smile.