As a dentist, the question that I hear the most is “Why do I need a Deep Cleaning?” My answer is simple and straight forward. “You have a chronic and progressive disease – Gum Disease.”
Gum disease progresses slowly and in most cases - painlessly. Most patients are completely unaware that they have it and are often surprised at the diagnosis. It is also the most under-diagnosed oral disease. This disease affects more than 45% of adults over 30 in the United States. So there is almost 50% chance that you need a Deep Cleaning.
Bacteria that is left undisturbed by tooth brushing and proper flossing leave a sticky film called plaque on our teeth. This plaque leads to an infection in and around our gums. The inflammatory infection eventually destroys the bone that holds our teeth and will eventually lead to tooth loss. Gum disease is the greatest cause of tooth loss for adults.
If gum disease is caught early, a stage called gingivitis, it can be reversed with a professional dental cleaning and proper oral hygiene at home. When left unchecked gingivitis will turn into gum disease. A full mouth exam with x-rays and gum measurements are required to diagnose gum disease and to properly treat.
Signs that you have gum disease are:
Having your gum disease treated is incredibly important. Over the last decade significant progress has been made in understanding the oral-systemic health link. Gum disease has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, and most recently dementia.
It is important that you check for signs of gum disease and consult a dentist who will perform the proper evaluation and suggest the appropriate level of treatment for your diagnosis.