Is this deep cleaning really necessary?
You have gone to the dentist for your checkup. Instead of hearing about your free cleaning covered by your insurance, the hygienist and the dentist are talking about a deep cleaning.
You’re getting a little confused because you came in for your free cleaning.
They said something about deep pockets, inflammation, and infection, but you don’t really know what they were talking about.
What you do remember is them giving you a piece of paper with how much that deep cleaning is going to cost. You have other financial obligations and you are wondering, is this deep cleaning really necessary?
First, let’s address why your dentist told you that you need a deep cleaning.
If your dentist has diagnosed you with gum disease that is treatable without a referral to a specialist, you will need a deep cleaning to start treating the gum disease.
Gum disease starts with inflammation of the gums known as gingivitis. This typically develops due to poor oral hygiene and an accumulation of plaque that sits on the teeth and irritates the gums.
With most adults, gingivitis is reversible and can be easily treated with a professional cleaning and good oral hygiene at home. If gingivitis is not treated, gingivitis develops into gum disease or periodontal disease.If gingivitis is not treated it can turn into gum disease or periodontal disease. Don't put off seeing your dentist. Click To Tweet
Gum disease is an infection of the gums that perpetuated by plaque and tartar build-up above and below the gum line. Plaque and tartar harbor bacteria that causes the infection in your gums.
Over time it destroys your jaw bone that supports your teeth. Ultimately, your teeth become loose and you will lose your teeth.
Some of the signs of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
It is possible to have gum disease and not have any warning signs. That is why it is so important to see your dentist regularly for check-ups.
Your health and gum disease
Gum disease is more than about potentially losing your teeth, but about your overall health.
There are links to other systemic diseases including:
- heart disease
- respiratory disease
- low birth weight
Studies have shown that individuals with gum disease are 50% more likely to suffer from a heart attack or develop diabetes.
The good news is gum disease can be treated. Treatment begins with a deep cleaning or scaling and root planing.
What is involved in a deep cleaning?
During the deep cleaning, your hygienist removes the plaque and tartar buildup that is above the gums, in the pockets (below the gumline), as well as in between the teeth.
Typically within a few weeks, your gums will healthier and stable. Your hygienist will want to see you for a follow-up visit to check your gums.
Gum disease, like diabetes, does not have a cure. But it can be controlled. Gum disease is controlled is through good oral hygiene at home and professional cleanings more frequently with your hygienist.Gum disease, like diabetes, does not have a cure. But it can be controlled.Click To Tweet
You will need to have your cleanings done every 3 months versus every 6 months to keep your gums stable and the infection process in the inactive state.
Within 3 months is when there is an increase the bacteria that can tip your gums back into the active infection or unhealthy state. This is why it is crucial to have cleanings done every 3 months. If not, you risk having to complete the deep cleaning again.
Is the deep cleaning necessary?
Yes, if you want to be healthy and keep your teeth. Believe me, you look so much better with your teeth.
Even though with diabetes and high blood pressure you may feel fine and have no symptoms, gum disease is the same way.
When you finally decide to address the disease it may be too late. Gum disease can destroy the bone around your teeth and cause you to lose your teeth unnecessarily.
Or worst, you can suffer a heart attack that can put your life in danger.
Don’t put off treatment. Start with the deep cleaning to ensure a healthier and longer life
With lots of love,