Careful attention to twice daily brushing and a minimum routine of once daily flossing helps prevent the growth of tartar and plaque below the gums. Nevertheless, even the most attentive patient finds that some plaque escapes their hygiene efforts. If you are experiencing gum disease, our Sacramento dentists usually recommend additional cleanings every year, typically increasing to four annually, to help you eliminate the problematic tartar that causes gingivitis. When your gums become healthy again, you return to a regular cleaning schedule.
Specially medicated rinses for dealing with tartar and an electric toothbrush, such as the Sonicare system, may be recommended.
The most important thing to remember is that gum disease will not go away by itself and requires treatment in a dental office. Safe, effective and nearly painless treatment now can prevent very serious complications in the future.