Most of the bacteria thrive on and in our gums and teeth. Researchers found more dwellers than expected, by using techniques to examine dental plaque and calculus. Thirtyseven (37) new microbes were recently discovered.
These discoveries can help us understand the causes of tooth decay, and gum diseases.
Since microbes are so small (microscopes needed to see them), after we remove the plaque and calculus with our dental instruments (dental scalers and curettes), some of the bugs are still left in the depths of the gum pockets. That is why we suggest the use of an anti-microbial solution, which we irrigate under the gums to flush out and kill most of the remaining bacteria. This is how we can reverse gum inflammation and disease. At a minimum, 2 dental cleaning a year are needed. Some patients need more visits to reverse gum conditions.
If it has been a while since you have had a dental cleaning, if your gums hurt or bleed, please contact us.