Aside from that sparkling, fresh feeling you get after leaving the dentist’s chair, dental cleanings play a crucial role in preventing gum disease. In today’s blog, your Katy, TX, dentist sheds light on the significance of catching gum disease in its early stages and how routine dental cleanings can save you from a host of problems down the road.
Learn About Gum Disease
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a condition that affects the tissues surrounding and supporting your teeth. It is caused by bacterial buildup, primarily due to poor oral hygiene habits but even those with great hygiene aren’t immune. Gum disease progresses in stages, starting with gingivitis (the mildest form), advancing to periodontitis, and potentially leading to tooth loss if left untreated.
Early Detection is Key
At your dental check-ups, we keep a strict eye on the early signs of disease. This is because we know that it is easily treated when caught in its early stages. During your dental cleaning appointment, your dental hygienist will carefully examine your gums, looking for telltale signs of inflammation, bleeding, and pocket depth. By catching gum disease in its infancy, we can take immediate action to halt its progression.
Benefits of Routine Dental Cleanings
- Removal of Plaque and Tartar: Even with consistent oral hygiene practices at home, plaque can still accumulate in hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. Over time, this sticky substance hardens into tartar, which cannot be removed by brushing alone. Dental cleanings may involve scaling and root planing, effectively removing plaque and tartar buildup below the gums and on the tooth roots.
- Professional Assessment: During your dental cleaning, our team will look health of your teeth, gums, and overall oral cavity. Any signs of gum disease or other dental issues will be addressed and explained promptly.
- Personalized Home Care Instructions: Dental cleanings are an opportunity for us to provide personalized oral hygiene instructions specific to your oral health needs. We’ll guide you on proper brushing and flossing techniques, recommend suitable oral care products, and offer tips to optimize your brushing.
- Prevention of Tooth Loss: Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. By staying proactive with your dental cleanings, we can address any signs of gum disease before it progresses to the point where tooth loss becomes a risk. Preserving your natural teeth is vital for maintaining facial bone and the ability to chew well.
Schedule Your Check-Up and Cleaning Today
Don’t wait until problems arise! Schedule your routine dental cleaning appointments to stay on top of your oral health. Our dedicated team is here to support and guide you on your journey to a healthy, fresh smile. Call us at Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at (832) 437-3849!