Gum disease is a major oral health problem that affects millions of people. It can progress rapidly, so it needs to be treated as quickly as possible to prevent significant damage to your teeth, gums, and general oral health.
During your regular dental cleaning at our Vinton dental office, our hygienist will examine your teeth to determine if gum disease is present. Once you are diagnosed, we need to use procedures other than regular cleaning to treat the disease.
During a procedure known as a deep cleaning, our hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from under the gumline. Root planing is another type of special cleaning that smoothes the root surfaces to promote healing. A deep cleaning treatment is the only way to remove tartar from this area.
Depending on the extent of periodontal infection, we may also prescribe antibiotics to supplement the effects the deep cleaning. In the case of early gum disease, periodic deep cleanings, combined with proper at-home oral hygiene will be sufficient to eliminate gum disease and restore your oral health.
Gum disease is reversible in its earliest stages, but it becomes more complicated to treat if the infection is not addressed as quickly as possible. We strongly advocate regular exams, cleanings, and other treatments to prevent gum disease from developing in the first place.
Please contact our Vinton dental office, and we will be happy to arrange an appointment for your professional dental cleaning.