Periodontal disorders can pose a number of risks both to your oral and general health. To understand the importance of periodontal maintenance, we need to make ourselves familiar with the relation between our oral health and other parts of the body. Bacterial infection in the oral cavity can affect many other parts of the body, including the lungs, heart, stomach, intestines, and more. Signs of periodontal disease include bad breath, unexplained pain during chewing, tooth loss, and bleeding gums.
There are several reasons that can cause periodontal disease, such as hormonal changes, genetics, parafunctional habits, and diabetes. If you are interested in learning more about proper oral hygiene, we would be more than happy to have you come in for an appointment with us at Smile Family Dentistry. With our expertise, we can help you maintain optimal oral health but can also educate you and members of your family on preventative measures for periodontal diseases.
Why is Periodontal Maintenance Important?
When you come in for a deep cleaning, we ensure that all of the important areas of your mouth are checked and treated for bacterial accumulation. The prophylaxis process allows us to get rid of any tartar buildup and plaque from your mouth. If unchecked, accumulating tartar can lead to serious periodontal issues in the future.
Bad breath, discolored teeth, and swollen or bleeding gums, are all signs of periodontal disease. Yellow teeth can depreciate your self-esteem and rob your confidence to smile in front of others easily. Bad breath can also indicate food particles are stuck beneath the gum line and result in gum infections. Periodontal maintenance is crucial if you do not want to compromise your oral health.
Deep Cleaning vs Regular Cleaning
Regular cleanings are part of oral health checkups where parts of your mouth - the teeth, gums, and jawbone are checked and cleaned to ensure they are free of any periodontal disease. Skipping your regular dental appointments can cause buildup of bacteria and tartar. This may lead to periodontal disease. You should have a regular cleaning at least twice a year to ensure optimal oral health.
Deep cleanings are done when a regular cleaning is not enough. They are usually needed in the case of patients with periodontal disease. Deep cleanings are meant to identify and stop periodontal disorders from advancing. Patients with hardened plaque and tartar may require special tools to clean them in order to avoid damage to the gums. Periodontal diseases are irreversible after a certain point, but there is always risk of losing teeth due to receding gums.
Keeping your teeth clean and healthy is not just about brushing your teeth twice a day. There is a lot that goes into taking good care of your oral hygiene including regular visits to the dentist. If you are dealing with a toothache, swollen or bleeding gums, or bad breath, there are chances you might be suffering from periodontal disease. At Smile Family Dentistry we provide deep cleanings among other dental services and can check your oral cavity for any signs of periodontal disease. If you have any questions or want to speak with our staff over the phone, feel free to reach us at 925-825-1130.