Periodontal disease impacts millions of people, half of adults over the age of 30 according to the Centers for Disease Control. In the early stages, we can bring the disease into a more manageable state and prevent the later stages linked to tooth loss. At your Dallas, TX, periodontal treatment office, we can help protect your smile with a scaling and root planing.
The Dangers of Plaque and Tartar Buildup
Plaque forms when harmful oral bacteria break down the particles of sugar and starch left behind by the foods and drinks we consume. Lack of proper brushing and flossing or infrequent dental cleanings could also allow plaque to form. This sticky layer will harden into tartar with time. The buildup is linked to teeth stains, bad breath, and tooth decay. But you’re also more vulnerable to gingivitis and gum disease, which can threaten the stability of your smile. While brushing and flossing can limit the buildup’s severity, you need a cleaning to remove it completely. If you have warning signs of gingivitis and periodontal disease, such as sore, red gums that bleed easily, then you may need a deep cleaning.
The Scaling and Root Planing
The deep cleaning process can remove all plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth and from the exposed roots as well. The process is more involved than a traditional cleaning, so we will numb the area first. The procedure could take one visit or as many as four, it all depends on the severity of your buildup. We will use an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to gently break up and remove the buildup and to destroy bacterial pockets as well. We then polish the teeth to make it more difficult for plaque and tartar to adhere to the surfaces of your smile. Moving forward, we will offer traditional cleanings every three to four months to manage the disease and keep your smile healthy and whole!
Protecting Your Gum Health
Along with preventive cleanings every few months, we could also discuss other tips for enjoying good gum health. This includes cutting back on the amount of sugar and starch in your diet, and avoiding tobacco products too. Be sure you brush twice a day and floss every evening too. These actions help protect your gum health, and also fight cavities and other concerns in the process too.
If you have any questions about the deep cleaning process, or if you would like an appointment to see if you need treatment, contact our team today.
Speak With BC Perio About A Scaling And Root Planing
If you would like to learn more about protecting your gum health with a scaling and root planing procedure, call our Dallas, TX periodontal treatment office at 214-443-0876.