How We Treat Periodontal Disease with Scaling and Root Planing

Periodontal disease can be a major dental problem and is caused by the plaque created by bacteria in your mouth. If left untreated, the plaque sits on your teeth and gums and hardens to form tartar. Tartar can’t be cleaned with a toothbrush and requires a professional cleaning from a dental hygienist.

Over time, plaque and tartar wreak havoc on your gums and causes gingivitis. Common gingivitis can still be treated by regular hygiene and visits to the dentist. However, once gingivitis becomes advanced, it leads to periodontitis or periodontal disease.

Recent research shows that periodontal disease has connections to significant problems with your overall health, as well, including heart disease and breast cancer.

 Watch the video below to learn what the folks at Delta Dental have to say in regards to why teeth become sensitive in the first place and what we can do to relieve and treat tooth sensitivity to hot and cold items.


“If you have periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, the problem needs to be addressed or it can lead to more bone loss. Your dentist may recommend you have a procedure called scaling and root planing. When the sticky film of plaque on your teeth builds up and hardens, it becomes tartar. If it begins to stick to the roots of your teeth, you have already begun to lose bone from around the tooth root. To remove it, your dentist or hygienist will use an anesthetic to numb the entire affected area. Then a small scraper or ultrasonic tool is used for scaling or removal of the tartar. Root planing will smooth the rough areas of the roots where tartar is formed so that your gums can reattach to the roots more easily. Afterward, your dentist may prescribe an antimicrobial mouth rinse to help control bacteria in the mouth. Although gum disease is a serious problem, it can be managed by a combination of daily dental care and regular dental visits.”

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