Stoughton Dental Cleaning
Most people are familiar with what a dental cleaning is after getting one every six months from the age of childhood. But what is a periodontal cleaning and why would you need one? Here at Stoughton Dentistry, our focus for you, our valued patient, is prevention. That is why we recommend that you eat a nutritious diet, cut back on your consumption of sugary foods and drinks, brush after every meal, and floss thoroughly each day. Our Stoughton dental cleaning
, which is ideally scheduled along with a dental exam at our office twice per year, is an essential part of a good oral hygiene strategy.
Public enemy number one for your teeth is plaque. This film-like substance grows on and between your teeth. It eats away at your precious tooth enamel and it can irritate, inflame, and eventually infect your gums. Most of it gets removed when you brush and floss, but it can stubbornly cling between teeth and in gum pockets, out of the reach of your toothbrush and dental floss. It then hardens into tartar, which is just as hazardous, but has the added complication of being resistant to removal by brushing and flossing. It can only be removed with our Stoughton dental cleaning
. If you are exhibiting signs of early gum disease, known as gingivitis, this cleaning will usually reverse it completely (though sometimes a second cleaning may be needed).
If, however, gum disease is allowed to progress, as in the case of putting off our Stoughton dental cleaning, it leads to the advanced stage of periodontitis. There are obvious symptoms associated with periodontitis, such as receding gums, persistent bad breath, gums that bleed when you brush, and maybe even loose teeth. Your gums can become an unreliable foundation, which is an indication that you need our help right away.
A periodontal cleaning is a deeper and more invasive one than our Stoughton dental cleaning
. Our dentist will dig down to the roots with hand scraping tools, ultrasonic tools, or both with the objective of cleaning out the remaining plaque, tartar, food remnants, and bacteria so that your gums can begin to heal. Don't risk letting this happen. If it's time for your dental cleaning, call us today and schedule it.
35 Park Street
Stoughton, MA, 02072
By Stoughton Dentistry
April 27, 2016