Everyone can benefit from a professional dental cleaning even if you brush and floss diligently. Plaque can develop and build- in places your toothbrush cannot reach, such as just below your gum line and between your teeth. Once plaque forms into tartar, your hygienist will need to remove it for you.

By having regular professional cleanings at least twice a year, you could avoid periodontal (gum) disease, a serious condition that can affect your overall health and cause bad breath, tooth loss, and inflammation.

Evidence suggests that maintaining a healthy mouth may be related to having a healthy body. Unhealthy teeth and gums are often found in combination with heart disease and other life-threatening conditions, and many health complications can also impact your oral health.

Visiting your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and exams can help boost your oral health and make you aware of any oral health problems at an early stage.

Deep Cleanings

Dental deep cleanings are the best way to treat patients with chronic gum disease.

The treatment, also called scaling and root planing, removes plaque and bacteria below the gums to prevent bone loss that can loosen teeth and complicate medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does gum disease have to do with diabetes?

Dental hygiene is an essential part of good health.  For diabetics, problems with the teeth and gyms can be more common and more serious than for the average person.  For this reason, if you have diabetes, dental care is even more important.

When diabetes is poorly managed, it can lead to or accelerate the development of periodontal diseases in both children and adults. It is estimated that 1 in 3 diabetics suffer from periodontitis at some stage of their disease.

Making sure that you visit a dentist every six months ensures that any infection and gum disease will be treated as early as possible.

Did you know that gum disease not only affects your teeth, it can also have an increasing effect on your heart health?

The oral bacteria that cause gum disease can enter the blood stream following routine activities such as chewing and brushing your teeth.  These bacteria can negatively affect your heart and blood vessels. The chronic inflammation caused by gum disease has also been associated with an increased risk for heart disease.

Patients, who are affected by gum disease and associated tooth loss, can have negative impacts on their dental health, systemic health and overall quality of life. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent survey shows 47 percent of adults over 30 have some form of gum disease, so many may benefit from deep cleanings.

The ADA (American Dental Association) also recommends patients with periodontal disease receives a deep cleaning followed by 3 month periodontal maintenance cleanings. Take the steps now to ensure that you maintain not only your dental health but your heart health by preventing gum disease.