Teeth cleaning: comprises the removal of plaque and calculus (tartar) from the teeth surface above and under the gum level. Some people need their teeth cleaned once a year. Some others need more frequent visits, every half year or even every three months. The need for more or less cleaning is determined by the condition of the teeth and that of the supporting tissues of the teeth: gums and bone.
At Dental Care Solutions, we want your teeth to withstand the test of time, leaving you looking and feeling good. When it comes to your dental health Dr. Rabeeh can help customize a daily plan ensuring that your eating habits and brushing regimen will maximize your oral hygiene. If you haven’t paid a visit to your family dentist in a long time, our team will accommodate your needs with patient-sensitive care every time.
Understanding & Arresting Gum Disease:
Up to 80 percent of the population unknowingly has some form of gum disease. Characterized by a persistent bacterial infection surrounding one tooth or several teeth, gum disease causes little discomfort and produces few obvious symptoms in the early stages. When the brushing and flossing is not done properly, the accumulated plaque build- up around the teeth mineralizes to become tartar which causes gingivitis. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and it is reversible. Signs of gingivitis are gums that turn red, become swollen or even bleed.
As gum disease gets worse, the gum and the bone tissue supporting the teeth are destroyed. This is periodontitis which is irreversible. Gum disease can lead to heart disease and strokes, as well as diabetes and to pregnancy complications.
Treating Gum Disease
Regular check-ups greatly increase your potential for early detection and conservative treatment. A complete examination will allow us to evaluate the stage of the gum disease you are at. If in the early stage, maybe you will just need a scaling of your teeth and reminder of the proper brushing and flossing technique or a periodontal cleaning which is a cleaning of the roots below the gum line. In the more advance stages of gum disease, surgery is often the only answer. At the very last stage sometimes even extraction of teeth are necessary.
It is impossible to regain the bone lost because of the disease but we can stabilize its progression. Successful control of this disease is dependent on the close cooperation between the patient and the dentist.
How to prevent gum disease?
You should brush and floss your teeth regularly. It is also very important to have a dental check up every 12 months because, even if you have excellent oral hygiene, gum disease can develop anyway.