Most people seem to have negative memories of dental visits, associating the pain with a dental cleaning. While a dental cleaning may result in some pain, it does not have to be painful at all. In fact, with proper dental hygiene at home, a dental in-office dental cleaning can go fairly quickly. For the patients experiencing gum disease or infection, however, the cleaning may take longer than one might hope.
Join the fight
Mouthhealthy.org states that gum disease, “is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth.” While one might feel pain from other infections in the teeth, one may not feel as much pain with gum disease. Mouthhealthy.org lists the symptoms of gum disease to include:
- Red, swollen, tender gums that bleed easily
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Permanent teeth that feel loose or are separating
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Any change in the fit of partial dentures
In the early stages, gum disease is preventable and mouthhealthy.org recommends to “See your dentist if you suspect you have gum disease because the sooner you treat it the better.” The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis, which, “is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at your dental office, followed by daily brushing and flossing,” mouthhealthy.org adds.
By taking care of one’s teeth, one can continue to prevent gingivitis and the later stages of gum disease. Regular dental checkups will help to catch the early signs of the disease. This does not mean the patient needs to visit the dentist every week or so, but will benefit from visiting once every six months.
When scaling becomes necessary
In the fight against gum disease and other dental infections, a patient who slacks off on personal dental hygiene may require more extensive treatments at the dentist. For the cases in which gum disease has spread and is in a bad state, a dental scaling may become necessary. Dental scaling is a part of a deep cleaning process and involves more than a typical dental visit.
“Scaling is when your dentist removes all the plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) above and below the gumline, making sure to clean all the way down to the bottom of the pocket,” mouthhealthy.org describes. Scaling is a necessary part of the treatment since it will collect all of the plaque that worsens the condition of gum disease.
While scaling can cause mild discomfort a day or two after the procedure, the pain will go away and leave a healthy mouth in the patient. By going through a dental scaling and deep cleaning process, the patient will ensure a healthy gum disease-free mouth.
If you or a loved one is struggling with gum disease or any other dental pain, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment. Once the dentist identifies the problem, a dentist will be able to recommend the best treatment and the necessary at-home care to remain healthy.
Leardi Family Dentistry
At Leardi Family Dentistry, in Kennett Square, PA, we will customize your treatment to match your needs and schedule. Our professional staff creates a calm atmosphere for you during the appointment and treatment process. If you have any questions or are unsure of what is causing the pain in your teeth, do not hesitate to call us.
We will answer any questions and make sure you get all of the necessary information. We can help prevent damage to your teeth and set you on track for a lifetime of pristine oral health. At Leardi Family Dentistry, your experience with us and your dental health are our prime concern.
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