Fight Gum Disease with Deep Cleaning

Periodontal Care in Colorado Springs, CO

Why Is Periodontal Care Important? 

Periodontal care is so important because gum disease is caused by inadequate oral hygiene. Simply put, when plaque builds up in the mouth, it hardens into tartar and causes inflammation and infection of the gums. 

You can only develop plaque and tartar from slacking on brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings. Many people unknowingly develop gingivitis in their lives and leave it untreated because of the mild nature of the symptoms. 

However, if you were to be persistent about brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes and flossing once a day between all of the teeth, this could be enough to reverse it. 

This is why regular checkups and cleanings are necessary for early detection. When you are in the early stage of gingivitis, a routine cleaning from our Colorado Springs dentist can clear it up, but once it’s developed into periodontitis, you will need more invasive treatment.

Colorado Springs periodontal care

Treatment for Gum Disease In Colorado Springs

A deep cleaning refers to a cleaning protocol for gum disease that involves scaling and root planing. This type of cleaning is different from a routine cleaning because we remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. 

In a traditional cleaning, we only perform scaling above the gum line. This ensures that your gum pockets are thoroughly cleaned and free of bacteria by scraping them out with a scaler.

Root planing involves smoothing out the tooth’s roots. This is done to encourage the reattachment of your gums to your teeth. 

A deep cleaning can take a few hours to complete. This may take two dental visits to complete, as we clean one side of the mouth during each appointment.