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Teeth Cleaning
 
There are essentially two types of cleaning. One is a preventive cleaning that needs to be done once every six (6) months. This is ideally done in those mouths that are free from inflammation. It is done to maintain good oral health.

The second type of cleaning is known as scaling/root planning, therapeutic cleaning or deep cleaning. This is done in areas of chronic inflammation. Areas of inflammation are those areas that have a constant grade of infection caused by bacteria. This is also termed as Gingivitis with its more progressive form being Periodontitis.
By measuring your gum "pocket depths", we will determine the extent of your infection and the treatment required. Gum disease or Periodontitis if left unchecked, has been shown according to some studies to directly contribute to Heart Disease. It has also been linked low birth weight in pregnant women and diabetic patients tend to be more susceptible to it.
Gingivitis may be reversible by maintaining oral hygiene and by regular re-care appointments, whereas severe Periodontitis is a more chronic condition; its treatment protocol may involve not only scaling/root planning but antibiotic therapy and in severe cases surgery as well.
In general both Gingivitis and Periodontitis can be prevented by:
  • Brushing two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Flossing once a day
  • Regular dental check-ups
  • Do not use tobacco or its products
  • Eating a balanced diet
 
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