At Drs. Davila & Velazquez, P.A., we perform scaling to remove plaque and tartar above and below the gum line, smoothing the tooth surface to prevent future buildups. It is essential to remove this buildup because it irritates the gums and is the leading cause of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss among adults and can lead to systemic health problems like heart disease and diabetes. If caught early, it can be easily reversed with cleaning. But if left untreated, it can lead to tender, bleeding gums and even loose teeth, which need to be extracted.
What Happens During Scaling?
During scaling and root planing, your hygienist will use an ultrasonic tool to remove plaque from the surfaces of your teeth and from below the gum line. The scaling and root planing process help treat the earliest stage of gum disease, called gingivitis. It’s usually done over several visits, each lasting about a half hour or so. Your dentist may recommend a local anesthetic to numb your gums. After the procedure, your dentist or hygienist will clean the teeth and gums to prevent infection.
The Benefits of Perio Scaling
During a scaling, our dentist will thoroughly remove plaque, tartar, and debris from the mouth to help prevent gum recession and the buildup of harmful bacteria and toxins in the mouth. This could prevent periodontal disease, and doing so prevents tooth loss and other serious health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes, that periodontal disease could cause.
What Should You Do After Perio Scalings?
A dental hygienist or dentist should schedule professional teeth cleanings every three to four months. During those three to four months at home, patients should practice good oral hygiene by brushing for two minutes at least two times a day using a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste to remove bacteria from the surfaces of their teeth and promote healthy enamel. In addition, flossing once a day is essential for preventing gum disease by removing food particles and bacteria between the teeth and under the gums.
Patients should also discuss dietary habits with our dentist to help minimize the risk of tooth decay and cavities. For example, consuming sugary foods and drinks can cause bacteria to multiply and lead to the development of plaque buildup on the teeth. Also, tobacco use can increase the risk of oral cancer and stain the teeth, so it should be avoided.
Scaling is an essential preventative measure that your smile needs to maintain the best health possible! Get in touch with Drs. Davila & Velazquez, P.A. at 120 Oakmont Dr, Greenville, NC 27858 or call (252) 756-7789 to schedule an appointment.