Your teeth and gums are strong. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t vulnerable. Gum disease is a significant threat to your oral health. It’s the leading cause of adult tooth loss and can produce a variety of other costly dental issues.
Your high risk zone
The consistent build-up of plaque and tartar on your teeth and gums can increase your risk of the disease progressing.
The visible surfaces of your teeth are only the beginning.
The areas between your teeth and gum tissue are especially vulnerable. These “pockets,” as they’re called, are gaps where oral bacteria can thrive within the plaque and tartar.
Your “pockets” create a strategic hiding place for plaque and tartar. Brushing and flossing are an oral health basic but are ineffective for removing the build-up in the deep areas around and between your teeth and gums.
You’ll need something more.
It’s essential to prioritize your dental examinations and teeth cleanings a minimum of two times per year. These appointments provide us the opportunity check your teeth surfaces and gum tissue for any signs of gum disease or its progression.
A deeper cleaning will be necessary to remove the accumulated and hardened tartar from your teeth and deep within your “pockets.” This treatment is referred to as scaling and root planing.
Your dental hygienist is equipped to provide the non-surgical procedure in our Knoxville dental office. The ultra-sonic technology used will dislodge and remove the plaque and tartar build-up from the deeper zones around your teeth and gums.
The surface of your tooth roots will also be smoothed by scaling and root planing. This stops oral bacteria from having the necessary surface to attach.
It’s vital that you stay current with your routine examinations and teeth cleanings. Support these and any deeper cleanings that are necessary with your at-home brushing and flossing.
Follow our recommendations for treatment if you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease. Include scaling and root planing to help prevent the disease from progressing and creating greater tooth tissue damage and the risk of tooth loss.
Contact your Knoxville dentist about any signs or symptoms of periodontal (gum) disease. Schedule your next dental examination and teeth cleaning for an assessment of your gum health.