Scaling & Root Planing


If you have been getting your routine professional cleanings every six months, you will have experienced scaling, which works to keep your teeth and gums healthy and minty clean. If, however, it’s been some time since your last dental cleaning, chances are you have developed gum disease that will require a deep cleaning, a procedure known as scaling and root planing.

What Causes Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)?

Every mouth is full of bacteria which continuously form a sticky film called plaque on the teeth. Brushing and flossing daily help remove plaque, which if left on teeth, hardens and forms tartar.

If not removed, the bacteria in plaque and tartar causes inflammation of the gums called gingivitis, which is characterized by red, swollen and bleeding gums. This condition can usually be reversed through professional cleaning and meticulous oral care at home.

Gingivitis, left untreated, can advance to periodontitis, which causes gums to pull away from the teeth. This results in the formation of spaces called pockets, which become inflamed and infected. The toxins from bacteria coupled with the body’s natural response to infection begin breaking up the bone and tissue holding the teeth in place, potentially causing tooth loss.

What Is Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical approach to treating and reversing periodontal disease. Our dental hygienist starts with scaling, which is removing plaque and tartar above and below your gum line, and also cleaning any deep pockets between the teeth. Next is root planing, which involves smoothing out rough areas on the tooth roots, which allows the gums to heal and reattach to the teeth.

After Care

After scaling and root planing, you will likely need to return as recommended for periodontal maintenance which involves teeth cleaning and evaluating the condition of the gums. You will also need to maintain proper oral hygiene practices at home. Brushing at least twice daily, flossing and using antibacterial mouthwash daily will keep your mouth clean and free of gum disease.

Say No to Gum Disease

Schedule your exam and dental cleaning at MyDentist in the Spokane, WA area to ensure your mouth stays in tip-top shape. Our experienced, compassionate team is committed to helping you keep your smile clean and healthy for a lifetime. Call us today!

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