Scheduling your biannual visit to Stow Family Dentists for a professional teeth cleaning is always a healthy choice. But did you know that there’s a difference between routine professional teeth cleaning and a periodontal cleaning?
A routine professional teeth cleaning Stow is what most people think of when they consider going to the dentist for a checkup. This is the most common type of teeth cleaning, and involves removing plaque, tartar and superficial stains from your teeth. This cleaning occurs only at the margins of the gum line and on the crown (the visible part of the tooth) and is recommended for patients in good oral health who don’t suffer from bone loss or other problems associated with gum disease such as bleeding, recession or loose teeth.
If your dentist or dental hygienist believes that you have early signs of periodontal disease, a periodontal deep cleaning may be needed to remove all the tartar, plaque, and bacteria from below your gum line. If a deeper, periodontal cleaning is required your dentist or hygienist performs the same services as in a routine teeth cleaning Stow, but then takes it a few steps further by cleaning the “pockets” between the gums and the teeth that are beneath the gumline. These pockets can collect excess amounts of plaque which, if not removed, can eventually lead to gingivitis, bone loss, and tooth loss. When a periodontal cleaning is performed, all of the plaque, calculus, and debris from below the gum line are removed and the roots of the teeth are smoothed and planed.
We encourage patients to schedule their twice-a-year teeth cleaning Stow, as this can help prevent the need for more extensive treatment down the road. We offer a comprehensive selection of services including the latest treatment options in general, preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. To benefit from the quality preventive and periodontal care you deserve, call Stow Family Dentists to schedule your next appointment today.
118 Great Road PO Box 679
Stow, MA 01775