Protect Your Smile from Gum Disease
Are your gums inflamed or bright red? Do they bleed easily when you brush or floss your teeth? These are common warning signs of periodontal (gum) disease. While the initial symptoms may seem mild, this bacterial infection can go on to cause permanent jawbone damage, tooth loss, and even an increased risk of heart disease! At Periodontics & Implant Dentistry of Tallahassee, we can protect your smile from gum disease and its complications with a variety of specialized treatments. Read on to find out how a quick, comfortable periodontal cleaning from Dr. Matthew Rasmussen can revitalize your gum health and save your pearly whites!
Why Choose Periodontics & Implant Dentistry of Tallahassee For Periodontal Cleanings?
- Gentle Yet Thorough Cleanings
- Board-Certified Gum Specialist (Periodontist)
- Early Detection & Prevention for Long-Term Health
What Are Periodontal Cleanings? How Are They Different Than Dental Cleanings?
In a general sense, periodontal cleanings and routine dental cleanings are very similar. Both focus on early detection and treatment to prevent small oral health issues from becoming much larger, more serious problems later. However, while dental cleanings are designed to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria above the gumline, periodontal cleanings clear away any accumulations underneath it.
Dr. Rasmussen uses specialized tools and a keen eye to gently clean out the pockets between your gums and teeth. Since these areas can’t be reached by your toothbrush or dental floss, bacteria and food debris can collect there easily and increase your risk of serious oral infections and permanent damage to your teeth. Once these gingival pockets have been cleaned, we’ll smooth out the roots of your tooth, which encourages gum reattachment and discourages future infections.
Who Should Get Periodontal Cleanings?
While well over half of the American population has some form of gum disease, not everyone needs periodontal cleanings. This specialized treatment is typically only recommended for patients with gum disease that can’t be managed at home with lifestyle changes and improved oral hygiene. Additionally, it can help prevent reinfection in patients who are recovering from gum disease.
Unlike dental cleanings that can be completed every six months or so, we recommend that patients who need periodontal cleanings get them every three to four months. While the earliest stages of gum disease can usually be reversed with periodontal cleanings, eliminating it completely requires consistent, thorough treatment.
What Symptoms Indicate That I May Need a Periodontal Cleaning?
The earliest stages of gum disease can usually be managed at home. However, it’s important to be on the lookout for warning signs that you need professional health from your Tallahassee periodontist. You may need a periodontal cleaning if you notice symptoms like:
- Gums that bleed very easily, especially when brushing or flossing your teeth.
- Gum tissue that’s bright red, inflamed, tender, and sore.
- Tooth sensitivity when exposed to hot or cold temperatures.
- Gum recession, which may cause your teeth to look longer than normal.
- Deep pockets that have formed between your teeth and gums.
If you’re concerned about the health of your gums, don’t wait for symptoms to get worse! Contact Periodontics & Implant Dentistry of Tallahassee to schedule your consultation and get your healthy smile back on track!