Bacteria that grow in our mouth are called plaque. Plaque can cause dental decay, or “cavities,” and can also cause gingivitis. A sign that you have gingivitis is bleeding gums. Gingivitis can progress to Periodontitis if left untreated. The toxins produced by the plaque stimulates a chronic inflammatory response around the teeth, resulting in the gums and bone around the teeth being destroyed. Periodontal disease can cause may problems with the teeth, and can result in tooth loss. Periodontal disease can be controlled with regular periodontal cleanings and sometimes by local or systemic antibiotics. Untreated gingivitis can progress to Periodontitis. Toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque
Reasons for Periodontal Cleanings
- Red, swollen, bleeding gums indicating an active infection
- Bone loss
- Restore and maintain the health of the gums and bone
What Happens During a Periodontal Cleaning at Florence Family Dentistry?
During a deep cleaning, the hygienist removes bacteria and tartar below the gum line and smooths the root surfaces of the tooth, while you are comfortably numb. Removing the buildup allows the gums to begin to heal. After you complete your initial periodontal cleaning, you will visit the hygienist every three months for maintenance visits. These visits are to make sure that your teeth remain clean and your gums and bone tissue maintain their health.