What a Deep Clean Does for Your Grin

Oral hygiene: Scaling and root planing (conventional periodontal therapy). Medically accurate 3D illustration of human teeth treatmentRoutine preventive care consists of routine brushing and flossing at home, while also attending checkups at least once every six months. If these practices are followed, ideally, most major dental concerns can be prevented and you do not have to live in fear of tooth loss.  Every once in a while, however, our grins can use a little boost as oral bacteria nestle in the hard-to-reach areas and cause harm. Fortunately, your Dallas, TX dentist at Gentle Smiles Family Dentistry can help you remove those dangers and help prevent them from causing further harm with a deep clean.

The Purposes of Scaling

Before attending your deep cleaning visit, your dentist will work with you to plan the process. Since the procedure is a bit more in-depth than a regular cleaning, your dentist will create a plan that works best for you, as it will require more than one visit. During this procedure, the dentist will scale the roots of your teeth below the gum line so as to remove any harmful bacteria that have latched on to the hidden portions of your teeth. This step is crucial, as it can be extremely difficult to remove them with regular preventive care at home, and if they are allowed to persist, they can cause larger issues down the line such as deterioration and even gum disease.

Polishing Roots with Planing

Once the roots have been thoroughly cleaned and any sign of bacteria has been removed from them, your dentist will proceed with planing the roots. This step involves polishing and smoothing out the surface of the roots in order to prevent bacteria from being able to easily cling back on. We administer a local anesthetic to help keep you comfortable during the treatment, and once complete, you can enjoy a stronger, healthier grin.

Decreased Risk of Infection

While scaling and root planing procedures are not meant to occur frequently, most individuals can benefit from a deep clean at least once in their lives, especially if you have exhibited early signs of gum disease. Periodontitis, the most severe form of the disease, occurs in roughly 80 percent of adults who leave it untreated. It can cause tooth loss, diseased gums that separate from the teeth, jawbone deterioration, and even heart disease or diabetes. By having a professional perform a scaling and root planing procedure, you are able to increase your grin’s lifespan significantly. Contact us today to learn more.

Schedule your Appointment

Maintaining healthy oral habits goes a long way when it comes to preserving your smile, and taking necessary steps along the way such as deep cleanings only adds a boost. Contact Gentle Smiles Family Dentistry in Dallas, TX by calling 972-329-7645 to learn more or schedule your appointment today.