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How to Treat Your Gums in The New Year

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The objective of deep cleaning is to physically remove harmful factors that cause inflammation of the gum tissue and surrounding jawbone. Common etiologic factors removed by this effective gum therapy include tartar and plaque. Doctors Network has streamlined the process of scheduling an appointment with a periodontist or dentist near you who takes your insurance.

These periodontal procedures which thoroughly cleanse the gum pockets, work very miraculously for individuals experiencing mild gum inflammation and/or even severe periodontal disease.

Reasons for needing scaling and root planingDeep cleaning can be used both as a prophylactic measure as well as a stand-alone treatment. These procedures are performed as prevention for patients suffering from periodontal disease.
These are some reasons why scaling and root planings may be needed:

  • Aesthetic effects
    Scaling and root planing helps remove tartar or calculus from tooth roots and under the gumline. As an added bonus, if superficial stains are present on the teeth, they will be removed in the process of the deep cleaning procedure.
  • Tooth protection
    When gum pockets exceed 3mm in depth, there is a greater risk of periodontal disease. As pockets become deeper, they tend to house more colonies of harmful bacteria. Sooner or later, an inflammatory response by blood cells begins to damage bone and gingival tissue which could lead to tooth loss. Periodontitis is the main etiology of tooth loss in the world.
  • Disease prevention
    The anaerobic bacteria that cause periodontal infections can travel in the blood to other organs of the body. Research supports that heart disease and infections have been linked to harmful oral bacteria. Deep cleaning removes these bacteria and stops periodontitis from progressing, thus preventing the infectious bacteria from traveling to other parts of the body.
  • Better breath
    One of the most detectable signs of periodontal disease is halitosis or bad breath. Food and bacteria can cause a persistent bad odor in the mouth which can be alleviated with cleaning procedures such as scaling and root planing.

If you are looking to improve your oral health and treat your gums better in the new year, visit Doctors Network.

What do deel cleaning procedures involve?Deep cleaning procedures are performed after a dentist examines your teeth and oral cavity. Your dentist, will take dental X-rays, perform visual examinations, and make a clinical diagnosis before advising or beginning the scaling and root planing procedures.
According to the current condition of the gingival, the extent of plaque and tartar present, the depth of the pockets, and the severity of the periodontitis, novocaine may be used.

ScalingThis part of the procedure is performed with special dental instruments and might include an ultrasonic cleaning device. The scaling device removes tartar and plaque from the root as well as the crown surfaces. In most cases, the scaling tool includes irrigation of the gum tissue that can also be used to deliver an antibacterial agent below the gums that can help reduce oral bacteria.

Root PlaningThis procedure is the treatment to remove the root cementum and dentin that is infected with unwanted microorganisms, calculus, and toxins. The root surface of the tooth is mechanically smoothed in order to promote periodontal healing. Having smooth root surfaces stops microorganisms from colonizing in the future.
Following the procedure, the gingival pockets may be treated with antimicrobial agents. This will reduce inflammation and help the gums to heal quickly.
On the next visit, the dentist or hygienist will thoroughly examine the gums again to see how the pockets have healed. If the pockets still measure deeper than 3mm, additional and more intensive treatments may be advised.
If you need more information about deep cleaning in Crown Heights, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Park Slope, Clinton Hill, or any other parts of Brooklyn, please ask Dr. Pooria Shahin DDS, your dentist at 1st Impression Dental.

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