Oral cleanings are a matter of degrees. If you take good care of your teeth and gums at home, and you come in for a complete examination every six months, then the chances are very good that you will only need a simple, effective, painless dental cleaning. If you’ve an adult, you’ve been getting them since you were a child and they are a key part of optimal oral care. Here at the office of our Berea best dentist, Fred Ballou, we are committed to keeping gum disease from developing in the first place, and to treating it promptly and successfully in its early stage if it does arise.
Dental cleanings are designed to remove tartar buildup, as well as any residual plaque. As a side benefit, they reverse the effects of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Those effects are usually redness and irritation. Your teeth also benefit from this treatment, because new cavities are not as likely to develop when tartar is eliminated on a regular basis. Assuming that you are basically healthy overall, and have no underlying complications, gum disease should progress at a slow but steady pace. However, those who are diabetic, for example, or who have other diseases and conditions, may find that gum disease hastens to its later stage of periodontitis as a result. Our Berea best dentist will work with you to develop a plan of action in such instances. For everyone else, dental cleanings every six months generally mean you can avoid the need for a periodontal cleaning. The difference is both in its purpose (to address later stage gum disease), and the way its done, which is to go more deeply than a dental cleaning, right down to the roots.
Schedule your visit with our Berea best dentist to have a dental cleaning or periodontal cleaning, whichever is more appropriate for your situation.