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Scaling and Root Planing. How Often Should I Do It?


Posted on 6/6/2022 by Evan
Scaling and Root Planing. How Often Should I Do It?Many people have had inflamed gums at least once in their lives. This may be caused by several things, one of them being gum disease. Scaling is a dental procedure that involves removal of plaque from beneath the gum line. Root planing is the smoothing out of the tooth's root to help with gum reattachment.

Why You Need It


Food particles stick to the teeth when you eat forming a sticky substance called plaque. The plaque may lead to gum inflammation if thorough cleaning is not done. If the swelling is not treated, it may lead to detachment of the gums from the roots of your teeth forming pockets. This results in food particles being trapped in between. In severe cases, it can lead to tooth loss and bone damage.

What to Expect


There are two processes for the deep cleaning. Scaling is the first one whereby the dentist uses a dental scaler to get rid of the plaque in and out of the pocket. The second stage is root planning to help your gums get attached to the teeth by smoothing the surface of the root.

This procedure may need several visits and the use of anesthetics. It is normal for your gums to swell or bleed a few days after the procedure and your mouth can be sore and sensitive.

Scaling And Planing After Care


The dentist will prescribe some medication to avoid infection and relieve pain. You are required to visit the dentist for progress monitoring. Brush at least twice daily and use dental floss every day. Avoid sugary snacks and eat a balanced diet to help you have healthy teeth.

Tooth scaling should be done at least twice a year. We offer scaling and root planning procedure at our clinic, call us to book an appointment.
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