One of the most common treatments for gum disease is called root scaling and planing. It is when your dentist goes below your gum line to clean the roots of your teeth. This reduces the bacteria and plaque buildup below the gums, and helps your gums recover after having gum disease.
If you have never gotten any type of treatment for gum disease, but you are pretty sure you have it, this is something to expect in the future. Thankfully, there are some really good reasons to have the procedure done.
Why You Want Root Scaling and Planing
Getting your teeth scaled means that your dentist is going below the gums and scaling, or deep-cleaning your teeth, all the way down the roots of your teeth. This cleans your teeth more deeply than your dentist has likely ever done before. This lets your mouth feel healthier overall, plus it helps battle back against gum disease quite effectively.
Scaling is also a great way to reduce any type of inflammation in your mouth. It helps your gums stay tight up against your teeth. This alone can have a significant impact on protecting you against tooth loss. One thing that often accompanies gum disease that isn’t treated is tooth loss, so by helping your gums reestablish tight connections with your teeth, it can help to hold your teeth more firmly in place.
Root scaling and planing allows you to restore a lot of health to your mouth in a very short period of time. It is a very effective way to help your mouth look and feel better. If you want more ideas on ways to help your mouth when you are struggling with gum disease, ask your dentist. They will be the best resource possible in helping to restore the health of your mouth.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (503) 765-7300 today.