Why do I need to have my teeth cleaned every three months?
by: Dental Assistant Team
Are you one of these patients that is diagnosed with periodontal disease?
The ADA recommends patients with periodontal disease to have their teeth cleaned every three months. There is no cure for periodontal disease, but it can be controlled with professional and regular cleaning to prevent the bacteria to cause permanent damage to your gums. It takes about 3 months for the bacteria to build up enough strength to cause significant damage to your gums, and that is why we recommend getting your teeth professionally cleaned every three month.
Periodontal disease is an infectious and inflammatory disease that destroys the periodontal tissue. Periodontal disease doesn't stop at attacking your gums, it goes even deeper into the bones which support your teeth. The main cause of tooth lost is periodontal disease. And since it cannot be reversed, it has to be properly managed and controlled with good home care habits, and regular professional cleanings.
A professional dental cleaning is necessary to get the bacteria in the pockets to avoid further damage as you are already in a critical stage when you have gum disease.
For patients that already have periodontitis we highly recommend the soft tissue management to manage the disease, and a follow up routine every 3 months is a must. Waiting longer between cleanings may result in more severe inflammation, and anesthesia might be needed to eliminate discomfort while being treated. In these cases we always offer anesthesia to our patients as we want you to feel comfortable with any treatment you receive in our office.
In the early stages of periodontal disease there is little to no pain, but the progression of the untreated quickly becomes gradually unpleasant with symptoms such as increased puffiness of the gum and occasional bleeding.
Without proper treatment the plaque accumulated continues to eat away at the gum structure, ultimately reaching the bone structure causing tooth loss when not addressed.
Do not ignore the signs! 3 out of 4 adults have periodontal disease. Be pro active, and stay in control.
It affects so much more than just your teeth.
If you have any questions regarding this post, contact us at: 561-265-1998 , one of our representatives will be happy to assist you.
Article date: Jul. 18 2013
Type: Periodontal Disease
Location: Boca Raton - Palm Beach County