Six Month Cleanings
An interval to see the dentist for a cleaning every six months is appropriate for completely healthy mouths. This prophylactic cleaning is used to prevent periodontal disease (gum disease). Once periodontal disease is present, a prophylactic cleaning is no longer effective at removing the majority of bacteria that are present beneath the surface.
Periodontal Therapy and Maintenance
Periodontal diseases are, collectively, one of the most common diseases in our country. Their classification is complex and takes into account the clinical presentation, age at diagnosis, rate of disease progression, and systemic and local factors that may increase risk. Periodontal diseases include:
- gingivitis: inflammation is confined to the gums (gingiva), and is reversible with proper oral hygiene
- periodontitis: inflammation extends beyond the gingiva and results in tissue destruction and alveolar bone resorption (bone loss), eventually causing loose teeth and in some cases, complete edentulism (loss of all teeth)
Periodontitis is a chronic condition, worsening over time. We continue to learn more about the systemic (whole body) effect of periodontal disease, but there is no question periodontal disease is strongly linked to both heart disease and diabetes. If you have heart disease or diabetes, or have a family history of either of these conditions, call us for a consult to discuss your options for reducing your risks.
CORE Dental Care is here to help you achieve the level of health you desire. We provide customized teeth-cleaning schedules for our patients based on their health needs and desired outcomes.
What to Expect
People are not born with periodontal disease, it develops over time as a result of, potentially, many different factors. For this reason, during your hygiene (cleaning) visits at CORE Dental Care, you can expect Dr. Chalsey to take the time to visit with you about any health changes that may contribute to the development of gum disease, along with actively monitoring the health of your gums and watching for any clinical signs of gingivitis or periodontitis.