Periodontal Deep Cleanings in Boise ID
Do you have bad breath, bleeding gums, or loose teeth?
If so, you may have periodontal disease. Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) affects millions of people and is the most common disease in the U.S.
At Atlantis Dental Care, we take the treatment of periodontal disease very seriously.
One of the big problems with periodontal disease is that it doesn’t just affect your teeth and gums. Whatever is happening in your mouth also affects the rest of your body. This can lead to problems like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and other diseases.
How Does Gum Disease Start?
Periodontal disease is an infection that damages the gum and bones that hold your teeth in place. Most often, the infection is the result of poor oral hygiene and avoiding regular visits to the dentist for cleanings and exams.
You can be as diligent about brushing and flossing as possible, but you still have bacteria in your mouth. During the day, a sticky film called plaque coats your teeth, giving these bacteria a place to grow, preventing fluoride and mouthwashes from coming into contact with your teeth. Plaque coats the surface of your teeth and gets under your gum line.
Plaque that's not removed regularly with manual brushing and flossing is bad for your teeth. It collects bacteria that will gradually wear away tooth enamel and cause cavities. But removing plaque regularly with at-home oral hygiene and regular professional dental cleanings can help you prevent permanent tooth decay.
More serious problems occur if plaque is allowed to remain on your teeth and harden into tartar. Tartar is a very hard substance and cannot be removed with at-home hygiene. Only a dentist or dental hygienist can remove it using specially designed dental tools.
We Customize Your Cleanings to Fit Your Needs
We’re committed to making sure all our patients receive personalized treatment that fits their specific needs. Whether you currently have gum disease or just want to maintain a health smile, we offer the type of cleaning you need.
Routine Preventive Dental Cleanings
Routine dental cleanings should be a part of everyone’s oral health care routine. When combined with proper at-home oral hygiene and a healthy diet, regular professional cleanings are your best defense against developing gum disease. For most patients, we recommend these routine cleanings twice a year.
Periodontal Deep Cleanings
These cleanings are for patients who currently have periodontal disease (periodontitis). This procedure is also referred to as Scaling and Root Planing. During a deep cleaning, one of our hygienists will gently clear away any bacteria and smooth the surface of the teeth to remove spots where they can collect under the gums.
The area we treat will be cleaned with an antibiotic scrub to give your teeth a fresh, clean start. In order to reduce any discomfort, the hygienist will often numb the area to be treated. Nitrous Oxide (lauging gas) and Oral Sedation are also available for your comfort.
Periodontal Maintenance Cleanings
Once you’ve been treated for periodontal disease, you will need more frequent, focused cleanings to ensure periodontal disease does not recur. These follow-up cleanings allow us to identify any potential problems and adjust your treatment as appropriate.
Please Call for an Appointment
If you’ve noticed a change lately in the way your gums look or feel, you may be seeing the signs of periodontal infection. Small amounts of bleeding, swelling, and tenderness are signs that an infection is present in your gums and jaw bone. The sooner you schedule an appointment for a cleaning at our Boise dental office, the sooner we can eliminate the infection and get you back on the way to a happy and healthy smile. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.