Winston-Salem & Greensboro, NC
If you’re lucky, you can make up now for the things you did when you were younger. That means that you can lose weight that you put on eating too many donuts. You can exercise more. And if you’re lucky, you can take better care of your mouth. Even if you haven’t taken great care of your mouth in the past, this is the time to do better. It’s really important that you practice good oral hygiene, because poor oral hygiene affects not only your oral health but your overall health as well. One of the best ways that you can care for your teeth is to undergo periodontal maintenance. If you aren’t sure what periodontal maintenance is, give Eric J. Sadler, DDS & Associates some time to talk about periodontal maintenance.
The Three Kinds of Cleaning in Oral Hygiene
In dental hygiene, there are different types of cleaning that we perform in your mouth. Usually when you come to see us, you get a general cleaning, which means that we use polishes and instruments to get rid of your tartar and plaque. When you get this cleaning done, it’s called prophylaxis cleaning or standard cleaning. Most people love this kind of cleaning, because your teeth look all shiny and healthy after we’re finished. Many people only need this type of cleaning.
People with gum disease need a deeper cleaning than just the standard cleaning. Gum disease is actually an infection of your gums. Bacteria causes the infection in your gums. When you first get gum disease, it’s called stage one. Your gums might be red and inflamed. They could bleed when you brush your teeth or floss it. We can treat your infection and cure it in stage one. However, if the gum disease progresses into stage two or stage three, we can help you stop the disease progression, but we can’t cure the disease.
Deeper Cleanings and Periodontal Maintenance
When you have gum disease in stage two or three, you’ll need a deeper cleaning for your gums.
When we deep clean your gums, we are trying to get as much of the bacteria out as possible. This is called scaling and root planing. When we scale or root plane your teeth, we remove bacteria, deposits and tartar from the area of the infection. We are actually trying to clean below the surface of your gums. There’s a very good reason why we need to do that, and get your gums, bones, and teeth as clean as possible, and infection free. When we clean out all of the infection, your infected gums will be as clean as we can make them.
However, we will need to maintain that level of clean that will help you stay healthy. Periodontal disease leaves spaces, called pockets, between your teeth and gums. After you have a deep cleaning, those pockets are cleaned out. However, over time, the spaces will fill with bacteria, tartar and plaque, so they will need to be cleaned out again. We’ll need to do periodontal maintenance to make sure we continue to keep those pockets clean and bacteria free.
Some patients don’t want to get periodontal maintenance work done, because they worry it will be painful. However, you don’t need to worry, because we can manage your pain or discomfort during the procedure. You will have to get your teeth and gums cleaned more frequently with periodontal maintenance, usually about four to six times per year, depending on the seriousness of your gum disease. However, if you don’t get your periodontal maintenance done, you will be facing something more serious, such as the loss of gum tissue and teeth. Do you have questions about periodontal maintenance? Give Eric J. Sadler, DDS & Associates a call at (336) 331-5271.