Many people think if they have an excellent at-home teeth cleaning regimen, that they do not need to come in to our dental practice for a professional teeth cleaning. Unfortunately, it is this type of thinking that can get patients into trouble regarding developing gum disease. At our dental practice, Granite View Dental, we encourage our patients to visit our practice for a teeth cleaning in Sandy City, to help make sure that they do not develop gum disease.
Even with the most diligent at-home teeth cleaning, some plaque and bacteria will always find a way to remain on teeth. When plaque is allowed to stay on teeth for even a short period of time, tartar will develop. Tartar is a hard, mineralized substance that can only be removed from teeth using professional dental cleaning instruments. When tartar stays on teeth, it encourages the development of deep pockets between the teeth and gums. Once deep pockets form you have the beginnings of serious gum disease. Tartar, plaque, bacteria, and food debris will begin to gather in these deep pockets and infection will form. This infection can travel down to your jawbone and cause teeth to loosen and even fall out. Even more seriously, infection from gum disease can travel to other parts of your mouth and other parts of your body. At this point you will have a serious medical condition that will need immediate attention. It is much easier to come in to our office for a teeth cleaning in Sandy City to help keep your teeth clean and your gums healthy.
Once it is determined that you have gum disease, our dentist, Dr. Will Ellingson, will most likely recommend that you have a periodontal treatment of scaling and root planing. This treatment is like a deep cleaning for the gums. It is performed while the patient has local anesthesia, and the patient will remain perfectly comfortable during the procedure. During this treatment all material is removed from the deep pockets. Sometimes antibiotic treatment is included to help fight infection that has formed in the pockets. Once this material is removed, the deep pockets stand a good chance of becoming smaller and the gums will begin to heal. If it is determined that you only have gingivitis, a precursor to gum disease, our dentist may recommend that you have a teeth cleaning in Sandy City every few weeks over the coming months. This should allow your gums to return to good health. For an appointment to see our dentist, contact us today.