The Difference: Deep Dental Cleaning vs Regular Cleaning

A regular cleaning, which focuses at and above the gum line, may disturb the colonies of bacteria, releasing them into your bloodstream and into the rest of your body.  A regular cleaning polishes your teeth, and a deep cleaning removes the bacteria colonies from your mouth.  That’s why there’s really no comparison between a deep dental cleaning vs regular cleaning.

So no, we cannot clean your teeth when you have untreated periodontitis.  It’s against our ethical and professional standards.  It’s with your best interests at heart.  Maybe this makes you angry – this is a very common response from patients who receive this diagnosis.  Maybe we’ve frightened you.  It’s not our intent to use scare tactics when it comes to diagnosis and treatment.

But nearly half of all adults in the United States over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease.  Gum disease is a huge public health issue, with widespread impacts on health issues such as heart disease, COPD, other inflammatory diseases, diabetes, and pregnancy.

So what should you do?   Get mad, get a second opinion, but whatever you do, take action.  Gum disease is treatable, curable, and most importantly, preventable.  If you have dental insurance, chances are deep cleaning treatment is covered.  If you are pregnant, seek treatment right away – gum disease is linked to preterm birth and babies with low birthweight.  If you are having trouble making ends meet, Illinois has expanded healthcare coverage for adults including for pregnant people – check and see if you qualify.  Make a plan. Ask us how we can help you.

Patients who have had their periodontitis treated at our office have repeatedly told us how much better they feel overall after their treatment.  Not just their mouth, but their whole body.  It’s amazing how hard your body can work to fight off systemic infection, and what a toll it can take on your energy levels and overall health.  Patients who have come back for follow up maintenance visits and regular cleanings post-treatment report that brushing and flossing is easier, and isn’t painful anymore.  Their partners are happy to kiss them again because their chronic bad breath has gone away.  Most importantly, our patients are able to keep their natural teeth for years to come.

 

Read the other half of this great article on 1st Family Dental’s Blog here: http://bit.ly/2humgQO