Addressing Gingivitis At A Dental Exam

How much can you and your dentist really discuss during a dental exam? The point of these visits is to make sure your smile is completely healthy. To make sure this is the case, your Ankeny, IA dentist will look at more than just the condition of your teeth. These visits are also opportunities to discuss matters of periodontal health. If it is necessary to do so, we can even change how we approach your teeth cleaning to make sure your gums have the right support. Addressing gingivitis is important, as an infection can worsen in time and become more difficult to manage, which can lead to health complications and the possible need to visit a specialist.

Preventive Care Can Prevent More Than Just Trouble With Cavities

It may come as no surprise to you that your dentist is committed to helping patients avoid difficulties with cavities, and to helping by treating problems with decay whenever they arise. What should be clear is that the key to fully protecting your smile is to focus on more than just cavity prevention. When problems with your periodontal health are not managed properly, it can be harder for you to manage your overall well-being, and it can even be more difficult for you to avoid tooth loss! At your routine dental exams, our practice will focus on helping you fully protect yourself against threats to your oral health. To help those who are affected by gum disease, we can actually provide a dedicated teeth cleaning that will remove bacteria that gather below your gum line.

We Can Provide A Deep Cleaning During Your Appointment

Deep cleanings tend to areas of your tooth structure that a typical cleaning will not reach. On a visit where you do not show symptoms of gingivitis, your hygienist will focus on cleaning your teeth above your gum line. However, if you have problems with deeper periodontal pockets, swelling and discoloration, or a sensitivity to bleeding, we can recommend a deep cleaning. This effort removes bacteria that are present below your gum line. Targeting these spaces will help because we can remove the microbes that are causing your difficulties, which gives your tissues the space they need to heal.

Other Important Protection Provided During A Routine Checkup

Every teeth cleaning plays an important role in protecting your smile. Your hygienist can do something that you are not able to do for yourself; when they clean your teeth, they can remove tartar buildup that is present. Tartar buildup becomes an issue when you have plaque deposits that remain in place for too long. When not addressed, these deposits can make you vulnerable to decay as well as gum disease. We can also provide early warnings about dental decay, which can call for treatment with dental fillings.

Talk To Your Ankeny, IA Dentist About Gingivitis

Is gingivitis a problem for you? If so, our practice is prepared to help! To find out more about our preventive services, please contact Dental Impressions at (515) 965-0230 to schedule a visit.