Gum disease. It’s probably that second word that gets your attention.
That’s enough to give it all the attention it deserves. More important is getting ahead of it before it worsens.
The space between
The gaps and spaces between your teeth and gum tissue are technically referred to as “pockets.” These areas are most vulnerable to the harmful oral bacteria that thrive on the build up of plaque and tartar.
The pockets are vulnerable because bacteria can hide there and do the most damage to your gums and the bone tissue surrounding your tooth root.
It’s common to miss this vital area during your daily brushing and flossing. The build-up containing bacteria must be eliminated to avoid further risks to your teeth and gums.
A process of elimination
Tartar is a difficult to remove. A professional teeth cleaning is a start and can include an additional procedure if the build-up is beginning to damage your gum tissue.
Scaling and root planing is the next step in the deep cleaning process. The procedure is non-surgical and uses ultra-sonic technology to eliminate the hardened build-up of plaque and tartar from your tooth surfaces below your gum line.
Your tooth roots will also be smoothed during the procedure. Smoother root areas give oral bacteria less surface to invade via plaque and tartar build-up.
Of course, it’s also essential to support a professional deep cleaning treatment with consistent, at-home dental hygiene. Brushing after meals and snacks plus flossing helps you stay ahead in the fight against harmful build-up on your teeth.
Contact our Knoxville dental office about your gum health. Schedule your next dental examination and teeth cleaning to maintain the health of your teeth and gum tissue.