Periodontal Deep Cleanings in Boise ID

woman brushing teeth | boise id dentistHave you noticed that your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? Do your teeth feel loose? Do you have bad breath that won’t go away, even with mouthwash? If you have noticed any of these problems, or that your gums appear to be shrinking, you might have early gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease), a severe problem that affects millions of people in the US.

At Atlantis Dental Care, we take the treatment of periodontal disease very seriously. One of the most significant 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 and can contribute to problems like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, and other diseases. 

How Does Gum Disease Start?

Gum disease begins with a bacterial infection that attacks your gums and the structures that hold your teeth in place. The most common symptoms of gum disease are:

  • Bleeding gums when you brush and floss
  • Redness, swelling, or irritation of gums
  • Teeth that feel like they're coming loose
  • Bad breath that won't go away with mouthwash
  • Pain when you brush or floss

The most common cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene and missed appointments for dental exams and cleanings.

No matter how proactive you are with your oral hygiene, you still have millions of bacteria in your mouth. Plaque is a sticky biofilm that attaches itself to your teeth and is made up of bacteria, saliva, and food debris.

If you don’t remove plaque routinely by brushing and flossing, you are at increased risk for gum disease and cavities. However, you can prevent both if you follow healthy oral hygiene habits and visit our Boise, ID dental office for routine dental exams and cleanings.

Plaque that you don't remove with brushing and flossing hardens into a mineral-like substance called tartar. You cannot remove tartar with at-home hygiene; only a dental hygienist can get rid of it using specialized instruments.

We Customize Your Cleanings to Fit Your Needs

dental exam | dentist boise idAt Atlantis Dental Care, we personalize all your dental treatments because your needs are unique, and you deserve individualized oral health care. We offer different types of dental cleanings, so whether you already have gum disease or want to prevent it, we offer the customized dental cleaning you need. 

Routine Preventive Dental Cleanings

If you could understand how beneficial routine dental cleanings are to your oral health, you’d never skip an appointment again! Having preventive cleanings with a hygienist gets rid of plaque and tartar you’re your toothbrush can’t reach and look for signs of gum disease. For most patients, dental cleanings every six months are sufficient to maintain a healthy smile.

Periodontal Deep Cleanings

If your hygienist finds that you have advanced gum disease (periodontitis), we would recommend a procedure called scaling and root planing or SRP. During a deep periodontal cleaning at our Boise dental office, your hygienist will remove all the plaque and tartar from your gums, and smooth out rough spots on your tooth roots where bacteria can collect.

The area we treat will be cleaned with an antibiotic scrub to give your teeth a fresh, clean start.

Do Teeth Cleanings Hurt?

To reduce any discomfort, the hygienist will often numb the area she's treating. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation are also available for your comfort.

Periodontal Maintenance Cleanings

If we are treating you for periodontal disease, we will recommend more frequent dental cleanings to monitor your gum health. These follow-up cleanings allow us to identify any potential problems and adjust your treatment as appropriate. 

Please Call Us for a Dental Appointment

If you’ve seen a change lately in the appearance or feel of your gums, you may have gum disease. The sooner we see you for a dental 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. Please contact Atlantis Dental Care to schedule a teeth cleaning appointment.