One of the first treatments our dentist may recommend if you are diagnosed with gum disease is scaling and root planing. This periodontal treatment works to thoroughly clean your teeth, halting the progression of the disease so that you can begin regaining your oral health. Call us today at 480-461-9944 to set up an appointment with Dr. Robert Baker and learn more about scaling and root planing in Mesa, Arizona.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection that affects the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It typically starts with the inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and can progress to more severe conditions if left untreated. Our dentist will check for signs of gum disease during each of your regular dental exams.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Common symptoms of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Bleeding gums (especially during brushing or flossing)
- Persistent bad breath
- Receding gums
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Pain and abscess formation (in the advanced stages of the disease)
What is scaling and root planing?
Scaling and root planing is a type of deep cleaning recommended to manage gum disease. It is often the first treatment our dentist may recommend after you are diagnosed, and is effective in treating the earlier stages of gum disease to improve your oral health. Depending on your needs, our dentist may combine scaling and root planing with another treatment, such as antibiotic therapy, to produce the best results for your oral health.
Scaling and root planing involves two parts. First, the scaling, during which we remove accumulated plaque and tartar above and below the gumline. Second, the root planing, which involves smoothing the tooth roots to eliminate harmful bacteria and help prevent the disease from returning. Scaling and root planing may be completed in a single visit or in several visits depending on your needs. Our dentist will discuss your treatment plan with you during your initial visit.
How do I prevent gum disease?
The best way to prevent gum disease is to maintain good oral hygiene. You should brush at least twice a day – ideally, you should brush after each meal and before going to bed at night – and floss daily. We also recommend that you make and keep all your regular dental visits to receive routine preventive care. Other things which may help prevent gum disease include:
- Avoiding the use of tobacco products
- Maintaining a balanced diet low in sugary and acidic foods
- Managing your stress and avoiding damaging oral habits such as teeth grinding and clenching
Schedule Your Consultation
To find out more about scaling and root planing and make an appointment at Robert Baker Dentistry, contact our team today.