Which Dental Cleaning Method You Need for Optimum Oral Health?
The health of our oral cavity is connected with the health of our whole body. Diseases of gums not only result in loss of the tooth but also contribute towards other health issues like Diabetes and heart diseases.
In order to prevent the unhealthy conditions of the oral cavity, professional dental cleaning is a must. But there is no perfect method of oral cleaning that fits for all. Different methods are used for patients according to the health and condition of their oral cavity.
Regular cleaning is suggested for persons with good oral conditions. It may be done once or twice a year. This method removes all bacteria, dirty debris, calculus, and light stains present on the teeth along with teeth polishing. This method is also called prophylaxis as it is a preventive measure to avoid any dental issues.
For most patients, regular cleaning is not enough. Research says that people above 30 years of age experience some level of gum infections, which cannot be treated with prophylaxis. So, what they need is a deep cleaning to solve the problem.
Deep cleaning, also known as SRP (Scaling and Root Planning), helps the patient to get rid of unhealthy gums. The question is what causes unhealthy gums? Unhealthy gums are caused by unhygienic dental conditions. If you don’t clean your mouth regularly, dirty debris accumulates around the teeth causing gingivitis. If gingivitis is not treated, the dirty debris or plaque may calcify into calculus or tartar creating holes between teeth and gums causing periodontitis, which may lead to tooth loss.
In a deep cleaning, the first step is scaling, during which the dental hygienist - or the Dentist in our Clinic - removes the dirty debris and calculus from the dentition (teeth). After scaling, they performs root planning to flatten the roots of the dentition. This double procedure helps in closing the holes and helps the dentition to attach better with the soft mass around them.
The biggest dilemma of periodontitis is that it cannot be cured, it can only be controlled.
As scaling and root planning destroy the bacterial growth, some bacteria may remain present between the teeth and the soft tissues. And as bacteria restore its levels, you are again confronted with periodontitis, which may occur in less than 90 days.
So periodontal maintenance is necessary every 3 months or less, depending on the patient’s oral cavity condition so that you may be aware of all the problems inside your mouth. This also indicates that the typical twice-a-year checkup is not suitable for those who have been a victim of periodontitis.
Periodontal maintenance comprises of:
- Taking x-rays of the teeth
- Measuring the depth of periodontal pockets
- Checking that you are following good dental hygiene at home
- Removing dirty debris
- And scaling and root planning if required.
Benefits of periodontal maintenance
Regular periodontal maintenance visits enable the dentist to:
- Destroy the strong hold of bacteria in the oral cavity
- Reduce the disease relapse
- And remove the disruptive effects of the disease.
You can get the best treatment and maintenance for periodontitis at The Dome MedDental Clinic where expert dental professionals, in particular our Specialist Periodontics, will assess your dental history to prepare a treatment plan accordingly.