Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once daily can help prevent the buildup of harmful dental plaque. However, when you miss a spot, plaque can calcify into tartar, making it insoluble. Regular dental cleanings allow your dentist or hygienist to remove harmful plaque and tartar from your teeth before the oral bacteria cause teeth and gum issues. When the bacteria manage to accumulate underneath your gums, your dentist may recommend deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing, to prevent the onset of gum disease. Infected gum tissues, a condition known as gingivitis, can quickly progress, causing extensive damage to the periodontal tissues and jawbone structure that support your teeth. Scaling and root planing can prevent gum disease if gingivitis is detected early, and help manage the disease to stop it from progressing if it has already developed.
Gingivitis develops when oral bacteria infect your gum tissues, and when the condition progresses into more serious gum disease, it may no longer be curable. If scaling and root planing doesn’t reverse your gum infection, then you may require ongoing periodontal maintenance in addition to your routine checkups and cleanings. The goal of periodontal maintenance is to stop gum disease from causing enough damage to lead to tooth loss. Because the main factor behind gum disease is inflammation, maintaining your periodontal health also has a positive effect on your overall systemic health, which can be negatively impacted by excessive inflammation.
Schedule a Scaling & Root Planing Appointment
If you show signs of gingivitis, then scaling and root planing (periodontal cleaning) may be able to save your smile from the extensive damage of gum disease. To schedule a consultation, call Lynne Barbour Dental in Kahoka, MO, today at 660-727-4746 (GRIN).