Scaling and root planing are important to treat gum disease. Scaling removes the tartar and plaque under the gum line, and planing helps in smoothing the roots and helps in reattaching the gum tissue to the tooth.
Scaling and root planing is a simple procedure involving removal of plaque, tartar and other food particles in your mouth accumulated on and under the gum line. Your dentist uses special instruments to remove plaque and tartar. Ultrasound tools can also be used to remove larger fragments.
You might experience some soreness in your mouth for a few days post your scaling and root planing treatment. You might also experience some sensitivity towards hot and cold food and beverages for up to a week. You might also experience some bleeding and tenderness in your gums.
Your dentist will prescribe a special mouthwash and medication for managing your pain and preventing infection. Your dentist might also schedule a follow-up appointment to assess your gums and requirement of any additional treatment.
Gingivitis or periodontal disease in an inflammation of the gums. It is caused due to the acids released by the bacteria eating on the plaque and tartar accumulated within your mouth. If left untreated, it can lead to severe gum disease.
Early diagnosis of gum disease can be easily treated with a scaling and root planing treatment which will help in removal of the plaque and tartar in the mouth.
Maintaining oral hygiene is important for maintaining healthy gums, teeth, and body. The American Dental Association recommends that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss once a day and schedule dental check-ups and professional cleaning at least once in six months./p>
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