Periodontal Deep Cleanings in Boise ID

Have you noticed that your gums bleed or look swollen when you brush your teeth? Do your teeth feel loose? Do you have bad breath that won’t go away, even with mouthwash? You might think this is a natural result of brushing and flossing your teeth, but you may actually have a serious infection.

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. Bleeding gums are a sign that something is amiss and will only get worse if untreated. This is usually indicative of gum disease that your body is fighting.

Our Boise, ID dentist, Dr. David L. Cantwell, strongly advises that we treat your gum disease as soon as possible to avoid possible tooth loss or severe health restrictions that impact your general health and well-being. 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. 

You may not realize it, but your oral health is connected to many different systems in your body. An infection in your mouth can be incredibly dangerous. Without treatment or medical intervention, it can spread to your neck, head, and jaw, including your brain. In rare instances, it can even cause sepsis, which can be life-threatening. 

Give Atlantis Dental Care a call at (208) 938-2468 immediately if you notice any unusual changes to your breath, gums, or teeth—especially if you notice bleeding. 

How Does Gum Disease Start?woman with gum disease in boise id

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, tenderness or irritation of gums
  • Teeth that feel like they're coming loose
  • Chronic bad breath that won't go away with mouthwash or after brushing
  • 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 Needsman after periodontal deep cleaning in boise id

At 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.

We understand that patients tend to take an active role in their oral health when they understand procedures and don’t have anxiety about coming to the dentist. Part of relieving dental anxiety involves explaining every procedure and every step that’s involved; this way, patients are never surprised are caught unaware.

By feeling confident in the process and their dentist, patients often keep up with their dental health and don’t let it fall to the wayside.

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 your toothbrush can’t reach, and also to look for signs of gum disease. On the plus side, you get to enjoy running your tongue over your polished, fresh-feeling teeth after plaque and tartar have been removed.

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. Deep cleaning might sound intimidating, but it provides a lot of benefits, including:

  • Tartar and plaque buildup removal – Removal of your calculus (tartar) and plaque above and below the gumline can prevent severe periodontal issues from unfolding. Even with the best, incredibly meticulous brushing and flossing at home, no one can every truly banish every uninvited bacteria, food debris, or other unwanted guests. Your Boise preventive dentist can relieve you of your burden by using specialized dental equipment and years of experience
  • Appearance—When plaque and tartar build-up, they can make your teeth appear yellow or stained. The only way to truly rescue your pearly whites is through routine maintenance
  • No more bad breath—Advanced gum disease is often accompanied by chronic bad breath (halitosis). This typically occurs when food particles get caught below the gum line and start to rot. Rotting material in your mouth can lead to infection and other significant dental problems. Removing the bad plaque and tartar significantly improves your breath and reduces and irritation

Do Teeth Cleanings Hurt?

Dental cleanings should never hurt; however, gum disease, tooth decay, and infection can make your teeth and gums sensitive. This may cause pain during the teeth cleaning procedure.

If you feel any pain or discomfort, it’s important to let your Boise dentist know. Even the most difficult dental cleanings can be completely painless. Through open and honest communication, we can help eliminate pain through sedation dentistry.

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.