Periodontal disease occurs when there is a buildup of plaque (a sticky deposit on teeth in which bacteria grows). This causes your gmns to pull away from your teeth pockets to grow between your teeth and gums, often bleeding of the gums and bad breath. This plaque/bacteria must be removed to reduce the inflammation and tighten the gum tissue around your teeth. It is done by periodontal scaling and root planing, also called deep cleaning. It involves cleaning the teeth below the gum line, and to do this comfortably requires numbing of the tissue. We usually do half of the mouth at each visit, but based on circumstances, we may do it one quadrant (one quarter of the mouth) at a time.
After a periodontal scaling the area is normally tender for a day or two. Salt water soaks to the area will relieve the tenderness. Use one level teaspoon of salt in a half glass of warm water and soak the area for 20 minutes, two times a day for a couple of days.
You should also brush your teeth with a soft brush two times a day and one of those times use the baking soda/apple cider vinegar protocol and swish for 10 seconds. (See baking soda/vinegar recipe at bottom of page.)
Expect the soreness to pass in 2-3 days and look for your gums to get a lighter pink color and more firm. If you have spaces between some of your teeth, use a proxa brush to clean between your teeth once a day.
It is imperative to keep your dental hygiene appointments regularly to remove any buildup of plaque and tartar. You must also practice good oral hygiene at home daily using a soft toothbrush, dental floss, proxa brush or anything else your dental professional advises.
Baking soda/apple cider vinegar
1. Dampen toothbrush, dip it in baking soda and brush all teeth.
2. Rinse out the baking soda with water.
3. Take a capful of apple cider vinegar, swish it around thoroughly and spit it out.
4. Rinse out with water.
5. Brush with your regular toothpaste.
It happens that this has a side effect of whitening your teeth a little as well.