Gum disease is a common dental health issue caused by excess plaque, a sticky bacterium that continually forms on your teeth. To prevent gum disease, our team always recommends that our patients brush and floss often, and be sure to get between your teeth. Plaque also irritates the gums and can cause the formation of pockets, which in turn causes further irritation. If the cycle continues unchecked, you can even lose bone, tissue, and teeth. Bleeding gums when you brush or floss is often the first indication of gum disease.
How We Diagnose Gum Disease
During your regular exam at Franklin County Dental & Implants, our hygienists always take great time and care to check your gums carefully for pockets, or anywhere that your gum has started pulling away from your tooth. Although a lack of proper brushing and flossing is the leading cause of gum disease, it can also be caused by certain diseases, and risk factors such as pregnancy can also raise your risk level.
Franklin County Dental offers gentle scaling and root planing to eliminate almost all plaque concerns in the comfort of our own office, outside of your regularly scheduled cleanings.
What to Expect with Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleaning, is the process in which our hygienists will use specialized instruments to gently remove bacteria, tartar, and plaque located beneath your gum line. If calcium has formed beneath the gum line, it’s no longer possible for you to remove it yourself with everyday brushing and flossing. Franklin County Dental provides you with a light anesthetic at the start of the procedure to minimize discomfort since scaling and root planing goes much deeper than a typical dental cleaning.
Fortunately, gum disease does not always spread throughout the entire mouth. If it has, our team will work to schedule multiple appointments with you to help minimize your time in the chair, and ensure that the disease is completely removed. The good news about gum disease is that you may be able to prevent it entirely with dedication to excellent oral care at home, as well as regular scheduled dental visits.