Are you one of nearly 70% of senior citizens in the United States of America with gum disease? Perhaps you are one of nearly half of all other Americans with gum disease. This common oral health problem used to be something you could only be treated for in a dentist’s office. Now, mobile dentists are offering mobile deep cleanings that treat gum disease. The best part is you don’t have to go to the dentist!
Many senior citizens live in nursing homes where they are homebound. The wonderful nursing staffs at these centers are trained in biological medicine, not dentistry. Sometimes, oral health care in senior citizens can go unnoticed and untreated. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in seniors, but with mobile deep cleanings, this can be prevented.
What is Mobile Deep Cleanings?
Mobile deep cleanings is the process of deep cleaning the teeth outside of the dentist’s office. Mobile deep cleanings not only clean the surface of the teeth but underneath the gum line as well. Most dentists, such as Brown Mobile Dental, use an ultrasonic laser tooth that blasts the plaque off of teeth and roots using sound waves. Some dentists may still use traditional tools such as scraping tools to remove plaque under the gums.
The treatments used in mobile deep cleanings include scaling and planing. Scaling which was traditionally done with a scraping tool is now done with laser techniques in most offices. Planing is the process of smoothing and polishing the pockets left behind on tooth roots after the plaque and tartar is removed.
Your mobile dentist could place antimicrobial strips between your teeth to help with infection and killing bacteria that was not removed. These strips may need to be removed during a follow-up appointment, usually within 7 days. These strips are small and cannot be felt.
Mobile deep cleanings are also called mobile nonsurgical periodontal therapy. Most dentists and periodontists recommend that patients showing signs of gum disease have annual mobile deep cleanings performed.
Why Do I Need Mobile Deep Cleanings?
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is caused by untreated gingivitis. The beginning stages of gingivitis are caused by poor oral hygiene. Gums may be red, bleed easily when you brush your teeth or be swollen but not cause any discomfort. Gingivitis can usually be cured with mobile dental hygiene cleanings and good home care. Patients who do not get treated advance to having periodontal disease, the most severe form being periodontitis.
Periodontitis can cause tooth loss and jawbone loss. When plaque and tartar are not removed from the teeth, it can spread under the gums. Plaque is full of bacteria that irritate the gums causing infection, worse swelling, bleeding, and discomfort. The infection creates an autoimmune response which causes for the bone and gum tissue surrounding teeth to break down. This leads to tooth loss.
Forms of Periodontitis
Gum disease is a progressive disease that will only get worse over time. There are two different types of gum disease that can be treated with Mobile Deep Cleanings.
Aggressive Periodontitis- This disease occurs in otherwise healthy patients. Aggressive periodontitis is named so because of how fast it spreads and the presence of rapid attachment loss. Bone destruction also happens rapidly.
Chronic Periodontitis- The most common form of gum disease, chronic periodontitis causes inflammation, progressive attachment, and slow bone loss. Chronic gum disease is diagnosed by the formation of pockets and recession of the gums. Adults are most likely to have this form of gum disease, but it is also seen in children.
Do Mobile Deep Cleanings Hurt?
Mobile deep cleanings do have side effects of slight discomfort, swollen gums, or sensitivity. Because the dentist must go below the gum line for the mobile deep cleanings, the result is an irritation to the gums. Your mobile dentist may prescribe medication for pain management or give you suggestions on how to manage the pain with over the counter medications. Keep in mind that medications for pain management can interfere with or affect other prescription medications. Your mobile dentist will need your medical history before prescribing medications.
The side effects of mobile deep cleanings should not last longer than 72 hours. If you continue to have bleeding after a few days, you should make an appointment with the mobile dentist. Other reasons to call are if the swelling does not go down or pain is unbearable.
Am I A Candidate for Mobile Deep Cleanings?
If you have one of the two forms of gum disease listed above, you are a candidate for mobile deep cleanings. Mobile deep cleaning patients can receive treatment in nursing homes, residential treatment centers, rehabilitation clinics, or in the privacy of their own home.
If you are ready to schedule your mobile deep cleanings, call Brown Mobile Dental Today. Our Dallas Fort Worth Dentists are ready to treat you! 817-335-5555