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Cleanings – Regular and Deep

Do you have bad breath, bleeding gums, or loose teeth? If so, you may have periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) affects millions of people and is the most common disease in the U.S. 

At Dental Health Partners, we take the treatment of periodontal disease very seriously. The effects of periodontal disease don't stop with your teeth and gums. Studies have shown that whatever is happening in your mouth also affects the rest of your body. This can lead to problems like heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and other diseases. 

How Gum Disease Starts

Periodontal disease is a chronic infection that can damage your gums and the bones that support your teeth. Often, gum disease is the result of neglect and procrastination when it comes to routine cleanings and examinations. 

Gum disease starts when plaque begins to build up between the teeth and under the gum line. If treatment does not begin promptly, pockets between the gums and the teeth develop and steadily increase. In time, your teeth become loose. Eventually, they will be lost. Unfortunately, many patients do not realize that they have developed gum disease until they experience loose and lost teeth.

The worst part of periodontal disease is that it is silent. Most people don't even know they have periodontal disease. 

Customized Care to Fit Your Needs

We’re committed to making sure all our patients receive personalized treatment that fits their specific needs. Whether you currently have gum disease or you just want to maintain a healthy smile, we're equipped to offer the type of cleaning you need. 

Routine Dental Cleanings

Routine dental cleanings should be a part of everyone’s oral health care routine. When combined with proper at-home oral hygiene and a healthy diet, regular professional cleanings are your best defense against developing gum disease.Regular Dental Cleanings Mitchell SD

For most patients, we recommend these routine cleanings twice a year. This type of cleaning removes plaque above the gums that accumulates on your teeth. This is the best way to prevent the need for the deeper periodontal cleanings.

Periodontal Deep Cleanings

Deep cleanings are for patients who have periodontal disease. What happens in periodontal disease is plaque, tartar, and staining accumulate under the gum tissue on the roots of the teeth. This plaque, tarter, and staining is full of bacteria and causes low grade infections under the gum tissue.  

Most times, the individual does not know they have periodontal disease as they cannot detect this low grade infection. However, even though it is not painful, a lot is going on beneath the surface. Under the surface of the gum tissue, these bacteria are slowly dissolving the bone. If left untreated, the teeth will become mobile and, given enough time, these teeth will fall out!

Dental Clinic Mitchell SDThe goal of these periodontal deep cleanings is to thoroughly clear away the plaque, tartar, and staining that contains the bacteria. Our skilled hygienists remove the plaque, tartar, and staining and restore the roots back to a smooth surface. After the cleaning, we'll irrigate the area with a prescription-strength antimicrobial rinse to flush out any bacteria that might remain and provide you with a completely fresh start. At times, the hygienists will administer antibiotics to further prevent bacteria from recolonizing the area.

In order to reduce any discomfort, we will usually numb the area to be treated. Periodontal deep cleanings address plaque, tartar, and staining above and below the gums.  

Periodontal Maintenance Cleanings

Once you’ve been treated for periodontal disease with the deep cleaning, we recommend more frequent cleanings so that we can closely monitor the condition of surrounding gum tissue and bone.

Once a patient gets periodontal disease and loses bone, they cannot regenerate this bone. However, our follow-up cleanings allow us to monitor your condition and identify any potential problems so we can adjust your treatment as appropriate. Even though we cannot regenerate this bone, we can prevent further bone loss.  

This is our goal of periodontal maintenance programs – to prevent further bone loss. Similar to the deep cleanings, periodontal maintenance cleans above and below the gums.  

Please Call for an Appointment

If you’ve noticed a change lately in the way your gums look or feel, you may be seeing the signs of periodontal infection. The sooner you schedule an appointment for a cleaning and evaluation of your gums, the sooner we can eliminate the infection and get you back on the way to a happy and healthy smile.

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  • “Everyone is so nice, friendly and very professional. Love Dr. Melissa and the staff I met today. Jill did an awesome job explaining everything. You are all AWESOME!!! I will definitely recommend Dental Health Partners to everyone. Thank you for all you guys do. See you soon!! Have a great day!!”

    - Karen M.

    “I know I won't be the first to say it, but I hate going to the dentist (sorry Dr. Melissa - you really are great). Having Ashley T. as my hygienist was the best part of my visit! She makes me forget that I'm in the chair, mouth wide open. :) Thanks again everyone! No cavities! Woohoo!”

    - Ryan T.
  • “They were on time, good to work with, friendly reminders beforehand, painless!! had a crown replaced and all went well. Also had a cleaning also went well with no pain and helpful hints on good and better ways to prevent cleaning issues.”

    - A Patient

    “Had a filling replaced. It was a filling done previously and wasn't quite done correctly by a dentist who used to work a dental health partners. They stood behind the previous work and replaces the filling at no expense to me. The work done is so much better. Thank you Dental Health Partners”

    - A Patient
  • “I would recommend Dental Health Partners for anyone who wants thorough and professional dental care. I have always been treated with friendly and caring personnel. They are honest and detailed at each checkup but never push anything unnecessary. I drive an hour and forty-five minutes for my appointment, which proves how much I like this facility.”

    - A Patient

    “The staff is very friendly and accommodating. They can work around my schedule and still get me into the office in a timely manner. My hygienist that day (I think her name is Ashley) was friendly and professional. No judgement whatsoever! Would recommend to a friend or family member in a heart beat!”

    - A Patient
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