If plaque and tartar is left on the teeth, it provides the right conditions for bacteria to thrive. The bacteria irritate the gums, which can cause them to bleed more easily. You may notice this if you are brushing your teeth or eating, and your gums bleed a bit. This is the early stage of gum disease called gingivitis.
Catching gum disease at this early stage is ideal. By receiving scaling and root planing during this stage, we’re able to not only prevent the spread of this harmful disease, but eradicate it altogether.
Scaling and root planing is a two-part, non-surgical procedure completed during the same visit. During scaling, we eliminate accumulated plaque, tartar and bacteria above and below the gum line. During the next step, root planing, we go deeper, removing any signs of infection before smoothing the tooth roots. This technique not only prevents bacteria from attaching to the roots, but it also encourages the gum tissue to reattach, sealing the area from future infection. After treatment, we may also recommend an antiseptic mouthwash containing chlorhexidine and show you how to brush and floss your teeth effectively.
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