Even with routine brushing and flossing of your teeth and gums, plaque can accumulate and tarter can develop. Professional teeth cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist aims to remove plaque, tarter and stains that have accumulated on the teeth. The professional cleaning of teeth is a crucial part of good oral hygiene and is needed periodically to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. For a healthy mouth with no signs of gum disease, Dr. Marius Caragea recommends having your teeth professionally cleaned every 6-12 months. In between routine cleanings, good oral hygiene at home is vital to prevent tarter build-up and gum disease.
Prophylaxis generally refers to a preventative cleaning reserved for people who have healthy mouths. They may have a localized area of gingivitis, but no signs of gum (periodontal) disease.
A gross debridement is a cleaning that consists of a generalized removal of plaque and calculus in people with gingivitis or periodontal disease. This is usually done to allow better access and visibility for diagnosis and probing and to allow the gum inflammation to settle down prior to further treatment.
A scale and polish is usually done after a gross debridement on people with moderate to severe gingivitis or early periodontal disease. It aims to ensure removal of calculus under the gums and to get the patient on the road to health.
Root planing is treatment for mild to moderate generalized or advanced localized gum (periodontal) disease. It is usually preceded by a gross debridement. This is sometimes referred to as a “deep cleaning.”
Periodontal maintenance is the treatment given to people with periodontal disease at a frequency of at least every three months to prevent further bone loss.
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All treatments at Fairmount Dental provided by a general dentist.