Gingivitis vs Periodontitis
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that causes inflammation of the gums. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, which is a more serious form of gum disease. Periodontitis can cause damage to the bone and tissue around the teeth, and can eventually lead to tooth loss.
If you think you may have gingivitis or periodontitis, it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent further damage to your teeth and gums.
There are a few things you can do at home to help reduce the inflammation of your gums and prevent gingivitis from getting worse:
– Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
– Floss daily to remove plaque and bacteria from between your teeth and beneath your gumline.
– Use an antibacterial mouthwash to help reduce plaque and bacteria.
– Quit smoking, if you smoke. Smoking can contribute to gum disease.
If you have gingivitis, your dentist may recommend a professional cleaning to remove the tartar (hardened plaque) from your teeth. He or she may also prescribe a mouthwash or antibiotic gel to help kill the bacteria that cause gingivitis. In some cases, deeper cleanings may be necessary.
If you have periodontitis, your dentist will likely recommend a deep cleaning to remove the tartar from your teeth and roots. He or she may also prescribe a mouthwash to help kill the bacteria that cause periodontitis. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to treat periodontitis.
If you notice bleeding when you brush your teeth or if your gum is sensitive or painful, contact us at 360 Family Dental at Naperville, IL and our dentist will exam if you have any gum disease and provide you with proper treatments if needed.
Deep Cleaning (scaling and root planing)
Deep cleaning is a type of dental procedure that removes tartar and plaque from your teeth, gums, and other areas in your mouth. Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva. Tartar is hardened plaque that has attached to your teeth.
Deep cleaning is also called scaling and root planing. Scaling means removing tartar from above and below the gum line. Root planing involves cleaning the surfaces of your teeth roots to remove plaque and tartar.
Deep cleaning is usually done in two visits to the dentist. Your dentist may also recommend that you have your teeth professionally cleaned every three to six months to prevent tartar buildup.
If you have tartar or plaque buildup on your teeth, it’s important to get it removed. Tartar and plaque can lead to gum disease, which is a serious condition that can damage your gums, bones, and other tissues in your mouth. Gum disease can also lead to tooth loss.
If you’re due for a deep cleaning or other dental procedure, call 360 Family Dental in Naperville, IL today! Our state-of-the-art office has a family like environment and friendly staff. We offer the highest quality dental care to our patients. Call us today to schedule an appointment!