The need for dental cleaning

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These are just some examples of why you would want to go and see your dentist right away. If you are experiencing one of the following, you may have a gum disease and may require teeth cleaning:

  • Red gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Inflamed gumline
  • Receded gumline
  • Deposit buildup on the teeth
  • Heavy plaque buildup or heavy stains

While at the dentist you may see him use what is called a “periodontal probe” this is used to measure the gums pockets around the teeth, anything 3mm and below is considered normal and anything above 3mm you dentist will want to keep an eye on. X-rays could also be taken to determine how much bone is around each tooth or how much bone as been lost. If you have gum disease getting rid of plaque and tartar is the best chance to improve your gums, that is why at the early stages of this disease cleaning by your dentist or hygienist is the best treatment also brushing at home at least twice a day and flossing once a day is a good way to prevent the disease or to improve it. Without enough gum tissue and bone to hold the teeth in place, they can become loose and even fall out. Nobody wants to have these things happen. With the regular routine care, they wont.

Gum disease

Gum disease is the most common problem adults face but gum disease can also begin at any age.  A lot of people who have gum disease express never having symptoms early on and that it wasn’t until the disease progressed they realized something was not right, reason being gum disease is a slow progressing disease that doesn’t cause any pain. Pain is our bodies way of letting us know that something isn’t right, most people wouldn’t think to have something checked out that was never really bothering them to begin with. Good news is that it is almost always preventable, and if it starts it can always be treated and reversed and the earlier stages.

Prevention of gum disease

    Healthy gum and bones are what hold the teeth firmly in place and gum disease affects the attachment between the gums and the teeth. Plaque is what starts gum disease, it is a clear sticky substance that contains many germs or bacteria. Plaque is something that develops in the mouth on a daily bases right at the edge where the gums and the teeth meet, if plaque is not removed every day by brushing and flossing it hardens into something we call tartar or calculus. Unfortunately you can not remove tartar with a toothbrush or floss, tartar is what leads to the infections in the gums which is known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is the early stages of gum disease, people with gingivitis may notice some redness on the gums or you may bleed a little when you brush but others may not notice anything. Over time gingivitis turns into gum disease with breaks down not only your gums but also the bone holding your teeth in place when the gums and bone break down the teeth will get loose and be in danger of falling out. Best way to deal with this disease is to not get it in the first place.

Signs of gum disease

Checking your gums at home on a regular basis for these signs of gum disease:

  • Change in the colour of your gums
  • Gums that appear to be red around the teeth
  • Gums that bleed every time you brush or floss
  • Bad breath that will not go away
  • Tooth sensitivity for no reason
  • A metal taste in the mouth

How much is teeth cleaning

The price of teeth cleaning depends on the time spent cleaning teeth. The starting price is $55 for 15 minutes of cleaning. Typically adults will require 2 units of cleaning and polishing on top. Please note that other services may be required at additional cost like fluoride, xrays or examination. If you have any questions call (905)465-0026 or book free of charge dental consultation.