The difference between a dental cleaning and a periodontal cleaning is a matter of degrees. At Briarcliff Smile Design, our goal is to keep your oral health at a high level, and to prevent gum disease from beginning at all. That can be done with a dental cleaning (also known as a teeth cleaning). The same can be said of treating early stage gum disease. But when you experience the unmistakable indications of latter stage gum disease, it requires a periodontal cleaning.
Dental plaque causes gum disease. It also, of course, is responsible for tooth decay and cavities. So it’s safe to say that the more efficiently and more quickly you get rid of plaque, the better off you’re teeth and gums are going to be. Brushing twice per day and flossing before bedtime comprise an effective regimen for combatting plaque. Unfortunately, plaque can evade the reach of your toothbrush and dental floss, hiding between teeth and in gum pockets. There it hardens into tartar. And once that happens, you need our Ossining teeth cleaning, because tartar cannot be eliminated with at-home oral hygiene. Furthermore, gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, can be halted and reversed with our Ossining teeth cleaning. That’s two major benefits and an excellent reason to commit to them twice per year. If you don’t come in every six months, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, the latter stage. Unlike the relatively tame symptoms of gingivitis (irritation, redness), you can expect periodontitis to bring with it signs like receding gums, bleeding when you brush, and persistent bad breath. Even the erosion of gum and bone, along with loose teeth are possible. A periodontal cleaning goes deep, down to your roots, to get out all the plaque and tartar, and put your gums back on the road to good health.
Schedule our Ossining teeth cleaning right now, and you can avoid advanced gum disease and periodontal cleanings entirely.