Scaling and Root Planing
Taking care of your mouth is essential for keeping it clean and healthy. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush and floss at home every day and have your teeth cleaned and examined at least twice a year. All of these components of oral hygiene are crucial for maintaining your oral health. Skipping any part of your oral care routine, even only occasionally, can significantly increase your risk of developing gum disease. If gum disease does occur, Cooley Smiles can help with a deep cleaning.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a progressive disease that not only affects the health of your gums, but your teeth, your jawbone, and your whole body. When it begins, you may not even know that it is there. Plaque and bacteria irritate the gum tissue, causing it to become red and inflamed. Over time, the tissue begins to pull away from the surfaces of your teeth, breaking the protective seal and allowing bacteria to fall below the gum line. Bacteria then begin attacking the periodontal ligaments and the jawbone, causing them to become weak. This compromises the stability of your teeth. They become loose and can even fall out.
Restoring Your Oral Health with Deep Cleaning
When gum disease strikes, a deep cleaning can help. Commonly referred to as scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning involves the thorough cleaning of all of your tooth surfaces, both above and below the gum line. The procedure is nonsurgical, but your gums may be sore. For this reason, a deep cleaning is typically done under a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort.
Your deep cleaning starts with scaling. This is the cleaning of the visible surfaces of your teeth, including around the gum line and just below it. Using a tool called a scaler, we scrape the surfaces of your teeth, removing plaque, bacteria, and other debris. We are also able to remove tartar, or calcified plaque, that cannot be removed with a toothbrush.
After the visible surfaces of your teeth are cleaned, we then perform root planing. This is the cleaning, or smoothing, of the root surfaces of your teeth. Using small, specialized tools, we remove bacteria and plaque from your tooth roots, creating clean, smooth surfaces. By smoothing the tooth roots, it becomes more difficult for new bacteria and plaque to adhere. Finally, an antimicrobial rinse is administered to kill any bacteria that may be remaining.
Benefits of a Deep Cleaning
A deep cleaning offers several benefits.
If your oral health has been compromised by gum disease, a deep cleaning can help. Call Cooley Smiles at (425) 569-4545 to schedule your appointment today .