Our Coldwater teeth cleaning at the dental office of Brady, Grife & Koyl has many benefits to it. First of all, it’s an opportunity to remove the plaque, tartar, and food remnants that have become lodged in gum pockets and in hard to reach places. It gives you a mouth that feels fresh, because that’s exactly what it is. And it acts to prevent the onset of tooth decay and gum disease. Sometimes, the focus seems so much on teeth and preventing cavities, that it can be easy to forget about how important your gums are to your oral well-being. When you don’t get a regular dental exam and teeth cleaning, the result can be that gum disease takes hold and you may then need a periodontal cleaning to correct the situation. What’s the difference between a dental cleaning and a periodontal cleaning? Please read on.
The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. You may notice slight gum irritation, but it’s not uncommon to be unaware that you have it at all. Our dentist will be able to detect it as part of your twice-yearly dental exam. When diagnosed at the early stage, our Coldwater teeth cleaning is typically sufficient to reverse gingivitis and get your gums back to their normal healthy state. In some cases, a second cleaning might be necessary to be thorough. However, if gingivitis is ignored, the inevitable result is that it progresses to the advanced stage of periodontitis. You are likely to experience more obvious symptoms then. Among them are consistently bad breath, a bad taste in your mouth, loose or shifting teeth, receding gums, having your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, or gums that are red, tender, or swollen.
A periodontal cleaning is also called scaling and root planing. This is a method that goes much deeper, utilizing hand scraping and/or ultrasonic tools to dig down to the roots and clean out the plaque, tartar, and food particles that are at the foundation of causing the gum disease to begin with. Inflammation and even infection of the gums can occur once you have periodontitis, and so the need for treatment at that point becomes essential. But the best way to avoid needing scaling and root planing is to make your appointment right now for our Coldwater teeth cleaning.