At Briarcliff Smile Design, we offer our patients an Ossining teeth cleaning every year so that they can have healthy, clean teeth. Dental cleanings should be done annually. Periodontal cleanings, a different type of cleaning, may have to be done every six months. Gum disease is a prevalent problem in many people, but with proper cleaning, treatment and annual dental cleanings, it can be reversed.
Gum disease happens when the gums begin to get infected with bacteria and plaque and tartar buildup. Each gum has a pocket underneath that can become filled up with bacteria if not cleaned every day. If the pockets under the gums get too decayed due to the bacteria, a periodontal cleaning may be in order. Mild gum conditions like gingivitis can affect teeth and become worse over time. Gingivitis can inflame the pockets of the teeth and gum around it. Symptoms include swelling, bleeding, redness and soreness. Proper brushing and flossing habits can go a long way in combatting gum diseases and gingivitis. If the condition worsens, periodontal disease can cause bone and tooth loss. During your Ossining teeth cleaning we’ll treat your gum disease with special cleanings. Annual dental cleanings allow us to get into space in the teeth where regular brushing and flossing alone cannot. If the pockets of the gums are under 4mm, a special cleaning called a periodontal root scaling or planing is done.
These two types of Ossining teeth cleaning procedures are a more aggressive type of cleaning that gets into the pockets to clear bacteria and to really get under the flaps of the gums. Besides this type of cleaning, other treatment options include periodontal exams and at home treatments that the patient can practice on their own time to clear up their oral health. Twice daily brushing and flossing are great ways to keep gum disease at bay.