At Winston-Salem Dental Group, we keep a close eye on your dental health. At each of your six-month checkups we look for signs of cavities, gum disease, and other issues.
Even if you brush and floss regularly, plaque can accumulate and harden into tartar. If not removed, these bacteria-breeding substances cause the gums to become irritated and swollen. Eventually, the gums become detached from the tooth, creating a ‘pocket’. This creates a new space for plaque to grow. In advanced stages of periodontal disease, the toxins created by the bacteria literally rot the gum, teeth and bone.
At Winston-Salem Dental Group, we perform the most thorough dental cleanings possible. Gum disease can be reversed in its early stages.
Our goal is to help prevent gum disease in our patients before any damage occurs. Cleanings include root planing and periodontal scaling. Scaling removes the plaque and calculus above and below the gumline where your toothbrush cannot reach. Planing smoothes root surfaces so it is more difficult for plaque and tartar to accumulate and grow. It also creates a healthy surface for the gums to reattach to the root if necessary.
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