Deep Cleaning or Root Planning
Brushing your teeth, flossing, and adding a swish of fluoride mouthwash, twice a day, is the best way to take care of your teeth. But sometimes that is just not enough to maintain a healthy smile. Here at Withers Dental, in Manhattan Beach, we believe that excellent oral hygiene is essential to prevent gum disease which can adversely impact your dental health. At Withers Dental, we are passionate about making dental care fun, comfortable and effective. That’s why when we talk about a “deep cleaning” we have to get down and dirty – literally and figuratively. When you learn that you need a “deep cleaning” (periodontal therapy or root planning) don’t think of it as “another” long cleaning appointment. Deep cleaning is to gum health as a filling is to tooth health – vital to your smile! Let’s explore this in more detail.
Why may you need a Deep Cleaning?
Gum disease is a highly prevalent, endemic disease in the United States. According to the CDC, nearly half of all adults aged 30 years and older have some form of gum disease. Gum disease prevalence also increases with age. Over two-thirds of adults, 65 years and older, have gum disease.
Of course, gum disease doesn’t just happen out of nowhere. Like many chronic diseases, gum disease is a progressive disease that starts small but can rapidly progress into something highly damaging. For example, periodontal gum disease is tied to endocarditis. A common result of untreated advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, is edentulism A.K.A. total tooth loss.
At Withers Dental, we do not want to allow gum disease to progress that far. To catch gum disease early, look for the following signs:
- Swollen, puffy gums
- Red or purple colored gums
- Painful gums (painful chewing)
- Bleeding gums (bleeding while brushing)
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth or loss of teeth
- Receding gums
The most common cause of swollen gums is gingivitis. Withers Dental’s registered hygienists are trained to catch and treat this early stage of gum disease. If you are experiencing swollen, puffy gums or red or purple colored gums the first step is to double back and brush with fluoridated toothpaste twice per day and floss at least once per day. It takes time to bring the inflammation under control, so be patient and stick to your dental hygiene routine. If your symptoms don’t improve in a week, or so, call Withers Dental in Manhattan Beach and see one of our experienced registered hygienists.
What are the Benefits of a Deep Cleaning?
Deep cleaning or root planing is a dental care technique designed to clean out the recesses in your molars and the hard-to-reach pockets in your gums. Bacteria and food debris tends to collect where your teeth meet your gums, and in the space between your teeth and gums. As this bacteria builds up it can create cavities and force your gums to recede from the tooth, both weakening your tooth’s defenses as well as its structural integrity. A “deep cleaning” will consist of two appointments, plus a quick follow-up evaluation one month after your second cleaning. On average, it takes about 90 minutes to effectively and comfortably scale and plane half of your mouth to ensure that plaque is removed from between your teeth and gums and smooth surfaces of any exposed roots. We can also use a dental laser to more quickly soothe your gums and eradicate the bacteria loosened from the treatments. Here are some of the many benefits of getting a deep cleaning at Dr. Withers’ cosmetic dentistry:
- Reduce risk of cavities and tooth decay
- Reduce risk of gum disease and gingivitis
- Improve your breath and the taste of your mouth
- Clean up your smile and brighten your teeth
- Protect your teeth from decay with our tooth polish
Visit Your Local Manhattan Beach Cosmetic Dentistry
The only way to know if you need a deep cleaning is to visit your local specialist in cosmetic dentistry and Invisalign in Manhattan Beach, CA. Upon your arrival Dr. Withers and his team of highly skilled dental care professionals will walk you through your dental health history and help you decide what treatment options might be best for you. Besides getting your teeth cleaned, you will also have the advantage of getting your teeth checked out for cavities or other developing conditions. Don’t wait too long—you’ve got one set of teeth and we will help you keep them forever! Contact us at Withers Dental today to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry.