Types of Teeth Cleaning Sunnyvale, CA
What is Preventive Teeth Cleaning and Therapeutic Cleaning?
There are two kinds of dental cleanings.
The first and the more common type of cleaning is called prophylactic cleaning or preventive teeth cleaning. This type of teeth cleaning is mostly done by Sunnyvale Dentist Dr. Antonious every six months to maintain good oral health.
The second type of teeth cleaning is known as therapeutic cleaning or deep teeth cleaning or scaling and root planing. This kind of dental cleaning is necessary when there are areas of chronic inflammation or infection in and around the gum tissue and the bone surrounding the tooth.
Most young and healthy patients with great home care generally only need a “preventive” teeth cleaning every six months. If Sunnyvale dental cleaning expert Dr. Antonious determines that you have areas of inflammation in your gums around your teeth, you may be advised to get teeth cleanings more frequently.
Symptoms of Gingivitis (Periodontitis)
Some patients may have areas of chronic, low –grade gum infection or inflammation, (gingivitis or periodontitis). People who have this condition may notice that their gums look redder and bleed upon brushing or flossing. They may complain of sensitive teeth and gums and perhaps bad-breath. For patients with areas of periodontitis, a more in-depth treatment known as (deep teeth cleaning or scaling and root planing) is advised by Sunnyvale dentist Dr. Antonious. Periodontal disease, if unchecked, leads to alveolar bone loss, lost teeth and an unsightly smile.
Why Do I Need Dental Cleanings?
How long has it been since your last dental cleaning? Irregular dental care and cleanings can be a precursor to periodontal disease. According to the American Dental Association, Periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease in several reputable studies. It seems that the studies might be suggesting that a great smile is a sign of a great heart… but you already knew that.
At Sunnyvale Dental Practice in Sunnyvale California, we strongly believe in the link between oral health and your overall health.
Periodontal disease is also linked to Diabetes. Diabetic patients tend to be more susceptible to this condition. One study also suggests that treating periodontal disease may actually have a positive impact on diabetes. Gum disease is also strongly linked to low-birth weight babies in pregnant women. At Sunnyvale Dental Care, we believe that healthy gums and supporting bone structure are the foundation of good oral health.