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How Often Do You Need Root Scaling And Root Planing?

Posted on 3/20/2023 by Pine Belt Periodontics
How Often Do You Need Root Scaling And Root Planing?Regular dental cleaning, brushing, and flossing is efficient ways to control plaque and tartar on your teeth. However, when bacteria get their way below the gum line and in the periodontal pockets, it becomes challenging to eliminate them, which can lead to gum diseases. Luckily, scaling and root planing goes beyond cleaning the gum line. Depending on the stage of the gum disease (periodontitis), your dentist may recommend scaling and root planing every 3-4 months. Some patients may need deep cleaning a least twice a year. Here are signs that you need scaling and root planing.

Signs of Gum Diseases

Patients with signs such as inflamed gums, pain when flossing, bad breath, and bleeding gums are ideal candidates for scaling and root planning. This dental treatment removes plaque and tartar from the gum line, restoring the mouth and gums to optimal health. In severe cases, scaling and root planing may be performed in stages. This helps to minimize discomfort and ensure that the bacteria are removed completely. Failure to do this the infection can reoccur and affect the gum tissue, teeth, and bone.

Deep Cleaning

Adding teeth scaling and root planing to your oral care routine is an excellent way to ensure healthy gums and teeth. This procedure will clean areas beneath your gum line and teeth, hence, removing tartar and calculus. During the first appointment, your specialist will start with teeth scaling. This involves scraping plaque and tartar from the gum line and the gum pockets. Root planing is then done to encourage gum tissues to reattach to your teeth. This also helps to smoothen the teeth' roots, which prevents infection. Plaque is more likely to stick to rough areas. But when the teeth' roots are smoothened, it becomes harder for plaque, tartar, and bacteria to build up.

Teeth scaling and root planing are one of the most effective ways to prevent gum diseases. Depending on your overall health and dental history, your dentist will determine how often you need this treatment procedure.

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