What is the difference between a dental cleaning and a periodontal cleaning? It’s mostly a matter of degrees in terms of the progression of gum disease and how deeply our North Port best dentist, Eric-John Claessens DDS PA has to go to clean out the bacterial substances that are causing that gum disease.
On a more basic level, dental cleanings are considered to be routine maintenance. When you come in for your twice-yearly oral examination, a dental cleaning is part of it. You may or may not be experiencing the effects of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, which are irritation and redness. But dental cleanings are also designed for removing built up tartar, the hard and crusty form of dental plaque. The bacterial acids in both lead to tooth decay and also to gum disease, so since tartar cannot be efficiently eliminated with home oral hygiene, it’s essential to see our North Port dentist every six months. In most instances, by doing so you will be highly unlikely to get the symptoms of later stage gum disease, periodontitis. Among them are bleeding when you brush your teeth, receding gums, and persistent bad breath. However, due to various factors, including underlying diseases like diabetes, it is possible for gum disease to accelerate to the point where those effects become obvious much more rapidly, and thereby require that you get a periodontal cleaning. In those cases, our North Port best dentist gets right down to the roots to clean out tartar and plaque, which are at the center of your difficulties. Doing that is crucial, because the inflammation present can easily turn to infection, loss of gum and bone tissue, and loose teeth.
Why not schedule your next dental cleaning with us by reaching out to our office right now? Look after your oral health the best way possible.