Food debris, plaque, and tartar can accumulate along the gumline and between the teeth, even among people who brush and floss daily. During your routine dental exams, checkups, and cleanings, some of this unwanted residue will require cleaning with a special instrument to remove it. This unique instrument, a dental scaler, gets in hard-to-reach areas to clear stubborn debris.
Finding a dentist to keep your smile fresh and clean does not have to be complicated. At Greenwood Dental, we know how important it is to you to receive compassionate, professional dental cleanings. Contact us online or call us at 855.528.3961 today to learn more about our dental scaling and root planing services and how these procedures can help protect your teeth, gums, and overall oral health.
What is Dental Scaling?
After they determine that you need deep cleaning, dentists will use a dental scaler to work along your gums and between your teeth to remove plaque.
Dental scaling can help treat and prevent gum disease by removing dangerous toxins that may unknowingly exist in your mouth. These toxins can easily cause gum inflammation and bleeding while brushing and flossing your teeth. A dentist may need to clear out deep down in the pockets of your gums because bacteria could hide in there. Dentists use scaling procedures in addition to routine checkups and cleanings when plaque and other debris build up significantly.
Dental Scaling & Root Planing
Nearly 50% of American adults suffer from gum disease. This common oral infection affects the gums because of the accumulation of harmful oral bacteria that causes the gum tissue to become inflamed and red.
A dentist may recommend a dental scaling and root planing treatment when diagnosed early. Depending on the severity of the problem, dental scaling and root planing may occur for multiple appointments at your dentist’s office.
The dentist will first use a dental scaler to remove all accumulated plaque and tartar that provides a safe home for bacteria to thrive. After this debris has been successfully removed, your gums can begin to recover and heal. Your dentist will then smooth out the roots of your teeth, clearing away the deposits of bacteria and plaque, allowing your gums to healthily reattach to the vulnerable areas, preventing the condition’s symptoms from becoming more severe.
Dental Scaling Is Important
Plaque builds up in everyone’s teeth and should not be embarrassing. Your dental team can easily remove plaque during a routine dental exam with regular cleaning.
You can also help at home by having good oral hygiene habits. Brushing and flossing every day can go a long way toward promoting oral health. While regularly visiting the dentist is essential, your daily routines can help remove excess plaque to avoid more severe problems.
However, if gum disease develops in your mouth, the soft tissue may become loose and create pockets where bacteria can hide, making these problems even more concerning. If you have the early stages of gum disease, you will notice:
- Red gums
- Swollen gum tissue
- Persistent bad breath
A dental hygiene professional at Greenwood Dental can help you successfully reverse these early signs of gum disease with dental scaling and root planing. These procedures can help restore your smile, giving you the confidence to smile wide and show off your teeth again. Not only will your teeth look whiter and be healthier now, but the procedures can also help prevent other dental problems.
Dental Scaling and Root Planing at Greenwood Dental
Still unsure if you need dental scaling? We are here to help. Our team of compassionate dental professionals can help you restore your smile and improve your oral health.
Contact us online or call us at 855.528.3961 to make an appointment today so you can work with our team to create a comprehensive plan for your dental health.