Most people will experience some form of periodontal disease in their lifetime. But what do you do when the disease progresses into periodontitis? This more aggressive form of gum disease can lead to severe pain and even tooth loss. Deep cleaning procedures are how we arrest the progression of the disease. To prevent and manage the condition, your Cleveland, TX, dentist has a plan for you.
What is Periodontitis?
Periodontitis is an inflammatory condition primarily caused by bacterial infection and the immune response. Plaque build-up that isn’t promptly removed will harden into tarter. This rock-like build-up will harbor harmful bacteria and act almost like a splinter in your gum tissue. It will cause irritation, inflammation and bleeding to occur at the site. If left untreated, tooth loss can occur leading to the need for implants or dentures. The bacteria associated with severe gum disease are quite aggressive and can enter the blood stream if not dealt with promptly.
Effect on Overall Health
Inflammatory diseases like diabetes and heart disease are harder to manage with a periodontal infection that is uncontrolled. People with diabetes are more vulnerable to gum disease, and having the infection can make it harder to control blood sugar levels. This affects the body’s ability to fight gum infections, chronic inflammation, worsening insulin resistance, impaired healing, and poor oral health habits. It’s crucial for those with diabetes to prioritize oral health through regular dental check-ups, good oral hygiene, and managing blood sugar levels. Since the bacteria from gum disease can affect systemic health, it is vital to attend regular periodontal maintenance cleanings to keep it controlled.
How Can We Help?
Deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing, is a dental procedure performed to treat gum disease. First, the dentist or hygienist examines your teeth and gums, then numbs the area to ensure comfort. Using special tools, they carefully remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and along the gumline. We use gentle yet thorough ultrasonic devices to disrupt the bacteria below the gumline while cleaning the surfaces. An antibacterial rinse may be used, and multiple appointments might be needed for complete treatment. Deep cleaning is important for maintaining good oral health and preventing the progression of gum disease. Without a deep cleaning the bacteria will continue to thrive below the gumline even with great home care.
Schedule Your Periodontal Evaluation
Don’t let your gum disease progress into periodontitis and further bone loss. Let our dental team get you back to optimal health. To schedule your next exam call our dental office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234.