Periodontal Cleaning

Protecting Your Gums & Surrounding Tooth Structure

Periodontal cleaning, also known as deep teeth cleaning or periodontal maintenance therapy, is an ongoing treatment for patients diagnosed with periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is the primary reason for tooth loss and may be connected to other diseases, including diabetes and heart disease.

Initially, your periodontal cleaning will consist of two initial visits to complete the cleaning. Next, your dentist will complete a checkup about 30 days later. Most importantly, your future visits to the dentist will be every three to four months for your deep cleaning.

Periodontal Maintenance Therapy

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Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissue and gum structure that hold your teeth in place. The gum tissue and bone structure are attacked by the bacteria, which weakens your tooth structure. Consequently, you are at risk for tooth loss. 

Without regular dental cleanings, harmful bacteria and hard deposits called calculus build up on your teeth above and below your gums. Additionally, the bacteria releases harmful toxins that can lead to gingivitis or inflamed and bleeding gums.

There are two types of gum disease:

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis

Gum Disease Symptoms

Initially, symptoms of gum disease may not appear. Often, the symptoms of gum disease are silent, especially in the early stages, known as gingivitis. Typically, symptoms of gum disease will begin with inflammation of the gums.

Other symptoms that you may experience include:

  • Red or purple colored gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Gums that are bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Mouth sores
  • A change in your bite


Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. Most often, gingivitis is the result of inadequate oral hygiene. Gingivitis causes the gums to become red, swollen, and bleed easily. In fact, there is usually little or no discomfort at this stage. Thankfully, gingivitis is reversible with professional treatment and good oral home care.

When plaque is allowed to remain on the teeth, the bacteria within it begins to cause redness, irritation, and swelling of the gum tissue. Since gingivitis rarely causes pain, most patients do not even know when they have it.

Additional symptoms can also include sensitivity and tenderness of the gum tissue, and slight bleeding when brushing, flossing, or probing during an examination. You may notice your toothbrush or floss having a slight pinkish tone to them after use.

If left untreated Gingivitis will progress, and further complications can arise. It is essential to consult with your dentist about the best course of action to halt the disease progression.

Overview of Gingivitis

How Gingivitis Can Progress if Not Properly Treated

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Periodontitis is the most severe form of gum disease. Previously, gingivitis existed in your mouth and was left untreated. Toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque grow below your gum line. With time, the bacteria will deteriorate your bone that holds your teeth.

Fortunately, periodontitis is a treatable condition. Similar to other forms of periodontal disease, your deep teeth cleanings will occur every three to four months. Also, your dentist will complete a comprehensive evaluation to ensure your overall health is not affected.

Overview of Periodontitis

The Symptoms And Health Consequences of Untreated Gum Infection

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Scaling and Root Planing

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