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Reasons We Scrape Along Your Gums When Doing a Cleaning
Posted on 9/30/2019 by Tod A. Bigelow, DDS, PLLC
When you come for a dental cleaning, we do more than you can do with your toothbrush. We have special tools and materials that are specifically designed to remove hardened plaque from your teeth. When this plaque is not cleaned off it can cause you bigger problems. It can cause your gums to get inflamed, bleed, swell, and recede. If the plaque gets too bad, then your gums will recede and pockets will form. When these pockets form, bacteria can build up in these pockets. If that happens, you could end up with bone and tooth loss. The ultimate goal of deep cleaning by our dentist is to help prevent gum disease, which leads to many other problems down the line. What Is Planing and Scraping? When you have a deep cleaning of your teeth, first our hygienist scrapes the tartar from your teeth using a small scraping tool and a small mirror. This is material that your toothbrush cannot get. Once that is completed, your teeth are brushed with a gritty feeling toothpaste. After that, our hygienist gives you an expert flossing. Lastly, you will rinse with a fluoride rinse. If requested, you can get a fluoride treatment as well. If gum disease is discovered, the deep cleaning goes deeper. First of all, a scaling is performed. This is a procedure that removes the tartar and plaque above and below the gumline. Remember a deep cleaning handles only your teeth? Scaling handles the area beneath the gums, too. When you have gum disease, your gums recede. You can see just above your teeth, which is normally covered by your gum. Once this is exposed, plaque forms where it normally doesn't. It must be removed. Once the plaque is removed, the root planing begins. Root planing smooths out the roots, which helps the gums to reattach to your teeth. Root scaling and planing may take multiple visits depending on your situation. Call us today to find out more or schedule a consultation with us....

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