Deep Cleaning - cape coral, fl

Halt Gum Disease in Its Tracks

The Importance of a “Deep Cleaning”

You haven’t been to the dentist in some time, and you’ve started to notice that your gums are tender and bleed easily whenever you brush and floss. You’re worried that it may be gingivitis, or the first stage of gum disease. At Cape Dental Care, we know how vulnerable your gum line is to plaque and tartar. Once tartar forms along the gum line, it gets between (and stays between) your gums and your teeth. Eventually, a space known as a periodontal pocket forms: a breeding ground for bacteria hidden beneath your gums.

 

You haven’t been to the dentist in some time, and you’ve started to notice that your gums are tender and bleed easily whenever you brush and floss. You’re worried that it may be gingivitis, or the first stage of gum disease. At Cape Dental Care, we know how vulnerable your gum line is to plaque and tartar. Once tartar forms along the gum line, it gets between (and stays between) your gums and your teeth. Eventually, a space known as a periodontal pocket forms: a breeding ground for bacteria hidden beneath your gums.

Signs a Deep Cleaning Is Needed

  • Tartar buildup at and below the gums
  • Periodontal pockets deeper than 4mm
  • Sore or swollen gums that bleed easily
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Receding gums

The Dangers of Gum Disease

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, develops when bacteria from plaque and tartar are not removed from the teeth at and below the gum line with treatments like scaling and root planing. These bacteria infect the gum tissues, causing them to become inflamed and pull away from the teeth. As more bacteria thrive in these deepening pockets, gums and bone become irreversibly damaged.

Advanced stages of gum disease that are not treated can lead to loose teeth or tooth loss and are linked to systemic health complications, including diabetes complications, stroke, and even cardiovascular disease. Before gum disease progresses to this advanced stage, seek the experienced care of our dentists, Drs. Mark and Phillip Kraver for a deep cleaning, the first step of gum disease treatment!

The Steps of a Periodontal Deep Cleaning

Scaling and root planing is not a surgical procedure. It involves using a dental scaler to deep clean your teeth to remove bacterial plaque and tartar buildup on the entire length of each tooth and within the periodontal pockets. Then, root planing smooths the rough edges of the teeth so gum tissue can firmly reattach and help seal out bacteria. During this appointment, we will also measure the periodontal pocket depths and evaluate your gum tissues for bleeding and any signs of inflammation. You may need to complete these routine deep cleanings every few months, but this ensures our team can help keep your gum disease from progressing so you can experience good oral health for years to come!

Keep gum disease from progressing.

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