The difference between a dental cleaning and a periodontal cleaning lies in the condition of your gums at the time the treatment is provided. We recommend that all of our valued patients get our teeth cleaning in New York NY every six months in order to maintain strong, cavity-free teeth and healthy, vibrant gums. And if you have signs of early stage gum disease (gingivitis), that will be enough to reverse it. However, if gum disease has reached the advanced stage (periodontitis), then a periodontal cleaning is needed, because the severity of the problem requires a deeper type of cleaning.
Plaque is the culprit in causing tooth decay and gum disease. When you brush and floss, you eliminate the majority of it. But plaque is sneaky. It can hide away in gum pockets, hardening into tartar, which also erodes tooth enamel and irritates gums, but cannot be addressed effectively with simple brushing and flossing. When you come in every six months for our teeth cleaning in New York NY, it’s like hitting the reset button on your oral health, since you are making it far less likely that you will develop future cavities, and gingivitis will be halted from progressing. A periodontal cleaning is typically required when you have missed one or more of your normal dental cleanings, thus allowing the relatively tame gingivitis symptoms to morph into more concerning ones like receding gums, persistent bad breath, gums that bleed when you brush, loss of gum and bone tissue, and loose teeth. A periodontal cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, uses similar tools to our teeth cleaning in New York NY, but Dr. Gutman has to get deep down to the roots so that the plaque and tartar can be cleaned out efficiently.
The bottom line is that a dental cleaning will keep you from needing a periodontal cleaning. And avoiding a more invasive treatment is always preferable. So contact our office right now and schedule a dental cleaning.