Run your tongue along the gumline behind your lower front teeth. Do you feel a ridge? This is probably tartar or dental calculus. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we perform the most thorough dental cleanings possible.
Even if you brush and floss regularly, plaque and tartar can gradually accumulate. If not removed, these bacteria-breeding substances cause the gums to become irritated and swollen. Eventually, the gums become detached from the tooth, creating a ‘pocket’. This creates a new space for plaque and tartar to grow. In advanced stages of periodontal disease, the toxins created by the bacteria literally rot the gum, teeth and bone.
Gum disease can be reversed in its early stages. Our goal is to help our patients prevent gum disease before any damage occurs.
Cleanings include root planing and periodontal scaling. Scaling removes the plaque and calculus above and, especially, below the gumline where your toothbrush cannot reach. Planing smoothes root surfaces so it is more difficult for plaque and tartar to accumulate and grow. It also creates a healthy surface for the gums to reattach to the root if necessary.
If you are showing any signs of gum disease at all, such as bleeding when you brush your teeth, let us know at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.
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