Periodontal disease—or gum disease—is an infection of your gums that threatens the health of your jawbone and surrounding tissue. Gum disease is typically caused by poor brushing and flossing habits, smoking, hormonal changes, diabetes, certain illnesses, medication for those illnesses, and genetic susceptibility.
The presence of tartar under the gum line creates an environment for bacteria to collect and multiply, resulting in a buildup that cannot be removed by brushing, flossing, or a regular dental cleaning. In such a case, Dr. Betcher might recommend a periodontal cleaning, also known as a deep cleaning, to remove the bacteria, tartar, and debris that has collected underneath the gum.
Often times people have periodontal disease and don’t know it. Bleeding gums, redness or swelling of the gums, loose or separating teeth, a receding gum line, persistent sores, and bad breath are all signs you might have periodontal disease. If left untreated, the infection will continue to progress and could result in the loss of teeth. If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, you might be a candidate for a perio cleaning.
With us, your treatment is personalized to address your unique needs. We’ll safely and comfortably remove any built up tartar and bacteria during your procedure to keep your smile healthy and bright.