Scaling Root Planning

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Why is this important?

Did you know that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States? With proper brushing and flossing, gum disease is actually preventable, which is why good oral hygiene is imperative.

Gum disease is caused by bacterial plaque build up that creates a sticky biofilm on teeth. When plaque isn’t cleaned off by proper brushing and flossing, it can create a harder substance called calculus that needs to be professionally removed. Plaque and calculus buildup causes gum irritation that leads to a condition called gingivitis. Gingivitis will cause bad breath, red and bleeding gums and if left untreated can cause an irreversible condition called periodontitis.

If gum disease is caught early enough, a professional cleaning can help remove plaque from gingival pockets and help maintain your oral health. Without a professional cleaning, gum disease only progresses until there is bone and tissue loss and eventually tooth loss. If it is determined you have gum disease, a scaling and root planning will be recommended to help smooth your root surfaces and remove any damaging irritants like bacteria.

Your skilled team at Belleair Smiles will carefully measure your gum pockets to ensure they are healthy and disease free. If you require additional treatment like scaling and root planning to help maintain your gum health, you will be guided through the process to steer your dental health in the right direction. 

What is Scaling

Root Planning?

Scaling root planing is a deep cleaning below the gum line used to treat gum disease.