Dental cleaning usually means scaling the plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth’s crowns (the visible parts of your teeth). Doing so helps prevent issues that result from excessive plaque buildup, like gingivitis. However, if gingivitis is already present, or you are especially at risk of its development, then you might need more involved periodontal cleaning – also known as scaling and root planing. Periodontal cleaning removes the bacteria-laden plaque and tartar that develops on your teeth’s roots underneath your gums, which prevents or stems the formation of gingivitis and gum disease.
Gum Disease and Periodontal Maintenance
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and doesn’t take long to mature once it develops. In many cases, a routine schedule of exams and cleanings, coupled with a consistently excellent hygiene routine at home, can prevent gingivitis from forming. However, prevention isn’t always 100% effective, and if your gums are in trouble, then your dentist can restore your oral health with periodontal scaling and root planing.
Because periodontal cleaning is more complex than regular dental cleaning, the procedure can take more than one visit to complete. For maximum comfort and efficiency, we may suggest dental sedation in addition to local anesthesia, depending on your unique needs and preferences.
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At Oxnard Dentistry, our goal is to empower patients to take excellent care of their smiles through our educational approach to dental treatment. Every patient receives personalized, high-quality dental care, along with knowledge about their dental health and how to achieve and maintain their best smile for life. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Oxnard Dentistry in Oxnard, CA, today at (805) 604-9999. We also proudly serve patients from in and around Camarillo, Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Moore Park, and all surrounding communities.