When a patient develops gingivitis or gum disease, treatment is needed to protect the smile from the advanced stages, known as periodontist. The advanced stage of gum disease is linked to adult tooth loss. Fortunately, we can help reverse gingivitis and manage gum disease with an ultrasonic scaling.
Frequently Asked Questions About Ultrasonic Scaling
Question: What causes gum disease?
Answer: First, you develop inflammation, also known as gingivitis. Inflammation can occur as a result of inflammatory illnesses, certain medications, smoking, or most likely, poor oral hygiene. When we don’t take proper care of our smiles, plaque and tartar form on the teeth. Plaque buildup then irritates the gums. Without treatment, inflammation can allow deep pockets to form at the gum line. Once bacteria enter these pockets, periodontal disease can develop.
Question: How do I recognize the symptoms of inflammation?
Answer: If you notice any changes to your gums, then you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. Warning signs could include the gums feeling sore, appearing red, or bleeding when you brush or floss. Remember, an early diagnosis can often allow the dentist to prevent the onset of gum disease.
Question: How do you perform an ultrasonic scaling?
Answer: Using an ultrasonic scaling device, we use vibrations to remove plaque from the teeth. The procedure is much more comfortable and less time consuming than a traditional manual scaling. Removing plaque and tartar can reduce the severity if inflammation, safeguarding your smile from the onset of advanced gum disease (periodontitis).
Question: What steps can I take to protect my gums?
Answer: First, make sure you’re brushing and flossing daily. Doing so can limit how much plaque can form on your teeth. You also need a cleaning every six months, a cleaning is the only way to completely remove plaque buildup.
Need Treatment to Improve Gum Health?
Dr. Janet Goguen, DMD, can provide treatment to improve the health of your smile and protect you from periodontal problems. Call our office in Upton, MA, today at 508-529-4591 to schedule your next cleaning. We proudly welcome patients from all surrounding communities, including, Grafton, Hopedale, Whitinsville, and more.