Do you want to make sure that your teeth stay clean and that your gums stay healthy? If so, you have to make sure that you are very diligent about keeping up your at-home teeth flossing and brushing routine. However, it is equally important that you come to our dental practice for a Sarasota dental cleaning on a periodic basis.
At our dental practice, New Image Dentistry LLC, our expert and highly trained dentist is Dr. Lisa Brewer. Dr. Brewer recommends that patients come in for a dental cleaning once every six months. If you have a medical condition such as diabetes, or have a known gum problem, our dentist may recommend that you come in even more frequently for your Sarasota dental cleaning. When a patient brushes they are simply not able to remove all of the plaque and bacteria on their teeth. When plaque is allowed to remain on teeth for even a short period of time, tartar will form. Tartar is a hard, mineralized substance that can only be removed by professional dental cleaning instruments. When tartar is allowed to remain on teeth, it encourages the formation of deep pockets between the gums and teeth. Bacteria, plaque, tartar, and food debris, will all gather in the deep pockets and infection will form. This is gum disease.
If gum disease is left untreated it can go down to the jawbone and cause teeth to loosen and even, fall out. Gum disease can even progress and infect your entire mouth, and even your entire body. This can result in a very serious medical situation for the patient. During a periodic dental cleaning your gums will be analyzed to see if gum disease is developing. If gingivitis, a precursor of gum disease, is found our dentist will most likely recommend that you have several regular dental cleanings over the coming months to make sure that your gums are restored to excellent health. If it is determined that you have already developed gum disease, and that deep pockets have formed, you will most likely need to have a periodontal treatment called scaling and root planing. This treatment is like a deep cleaning for the gums which will remove all the debris from the pockets and hopefully help the infection to go away and for the pockets to heal. If you would like to visit our office for a Sarasota dental cleaning, contact us today.