At the Gentle Dentist, our Jackson Heights New York family dentistry office staff all know how important it is for our patients to have healthy gums and teeth, which is why we prompt them to come in once a year for a teeth cleaning. We educate our patients and give them all the tools they need to practice proper oral health care on a daily basis and to ward off gum disease and gingivitis.
Before your teeth cleaning, we’ll do an entire exam and workup to check the state of your teeth. Gums should be healthy and without problems like gum disease. Healthy gums are imperative to a healthy mouth. Bacteria can hide in the pockets that are below teeth and gums, causing decay that can lead to gum disease. If the pockets get deeper than 4mm, we may need to perform a procedure called a deep cleaning at our Jackson Heights New York family dentistry offices. This allows us to clean out the bacteria inside the pockets. The bacteria can cause eventual tooth loss if it is not removed. Bone can deteriorate and the gums can recede over time.
Patients can manage their gum problems and even reverse them so that gums become healthy again by following good oral hygiene methods. That’s why it’s important to come in every year for a dental cleaning and checkup at our Jackson Heights New York family dentistry office. If caught early enough, gums can revert back to a healthier state and gum disease kept at bay. Those who have gingivitis or other forms of gum disease should come in at least twice a year for deep cleanings. Good oral health habits, brushing and flossing can go a long way with helping to reverse gum disease and getting the mouth clean and healthy.