Did you know that most tooth loss in people over the age of 35 is caused by periodontal disease? It’s true – periodontal disease is the main cause of losing the bone that holds your teeth in place. When the disease becomes severe enough, teeth get loose enough to eventually fall out.
Fortunately, all of this can be combated with good hygiene habits. Brushing and flossing as recommended is essential, and so is getting your cleanings at the frequency your Dentist recommends to keep your gums healthy. The goal is to suppress the periodontal disease by staying on a schedule of basic preventative cleanings, which is the healthiest and most affordable long-term.
If you haven’t had the best habits in the past, don’t worry – we can get you on track in the healthiest and most affordable way. If the periodontal disease has advanced beyond what a basic prophylactic cleaning can treat, but hasn’t progressed to the point of needing surgery, the best defense is to perform a “scaling and root planing” procedure (also known as a “deep cleaning”). This procedure, when followed by timely periodontal maintenance visits and strict brushing and flossing habits, is aimed to prevent gum surgery, and can sometimes do so indefinitely.
On your full examination visit, your Doctor will inform you of what the best next course of action to keep your gums healthy should be. Better yet, you will know exactly why you receive every diagnosis when we educate you with your probe readings, high-resolution imagery, and digital X-Rays. At Calm Dental, you will have high confidence in our diagnoses because, well, you’ll know exactly what our Doctors know – no surprises!
Please note that because of the above, every patient requires a different amount of time for their cleaning. We value all our patients’ time, and we would never rush a cleaning or make our next patient wait because we made a non-clinical assumption before seeing a patient. Therefore, although we do our best to accommodate you, first-visit cleanings are not a service we provide as a guarantee. Having said that, we always do our best to utilize any availability in our schedule while delivering a quality cleaning. While some other offices may guarantee a same-day cleaning, we feel that this is not something desirable, as it would ensure that your hygienist would be rushed and compromise the quality of the cleaning. Over 50% of the adult population is missing over half of their teeth – cleanings are serious.