Preventing Gum Disease At Flax Dental
- Posted on: Mar 1 2019
Run your tongue along the gumline behind your lower front teeth. Do you feel a ridge? This is probably tartar or dental calculus. And that, the team at Flax Dental in Atlanta cautions, could be an early step on the road to gum disease.
Even if you brush and floss regularly, plaque and tartar can gradually accumulate. If not removed, it causes the gums to become irritated and swollen. Eventually they become detached from the tooth, creating a ‘pocket’. This in turn creates 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.
At Flax Dental, we perform the most thorough dental cleanings possible. The good news is that gum disease can be reversed in its early stages.
Our goal is to prevent gum disease in our patients 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.
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