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During routine dental exams, Dr. Kleckner and her team always evaluate gum health. This is because plaque can cause gums to become inflamed. When this happens, gums pull away from the teeth and form spaces called pockets. Plaque can get trapped in these pockets and cannot be removed with regular brushing. If early signs of gum disease are detected, deep scaling and root planning are recommended as the first step in treatment. Deep scaling involves removing plaque and tartar from below the gumline. Root planing then smoothes the affected root surfaces and encourages the gums to reattach to the tooth.
After these procedures, gum tissue may be sore in the treated areas for a few days or weeks, depending on the severity of the inflammation. You may brush and floss your teeth normally. It is important to be meticulous with your home care to provide your body with the best chance of healing and resolving the periodontal inflammation. Your body’s natural healing potential is greatly affected by your hygiene habits and nutritional intake, along with any habits you may have, such as smoking, chewing tobacco use, and clenching/grinding habits. Tobacco use will decrease your healing potential and we always recommend you try to quit or decrease your tobacco use for your best oral and overall health. Systemic conditions such as diabetes also affect your periodontal (gum tissue) health. Keeping your glucose levels stable and within a normal level is key to maintaining periodontal health.
Sometimes, salt water rinses can help soothe sore gum tissue for the first few days after your appointment. Often prescription mouthwash will be dispensed with treatment. We always recommend that you return for periodontal maintenance cleanings every three months following any deep cleaning treatments. This is important to ensure that the results of treatment are maximized and to prevent further progression of your disease. Periodontal disease is not curable. The goal of treatment is to put the disease process in remission and stabilize your periodontal health. The more you keep your teeth and gums clean at home, the better your response to therapy will be.
If you have questions about your periodontal health, please call Joanna Kleckner DDS. We welcome new patients and are eager to improve the health of your gums and, in turn, your overall health.