Scaling And Root Planing
Periodontal disease is not the most obvious of diseases. It can sneak up on a patient, unaware that they have it until the symptoms become worse. One of the chief causes of periodontal disease is a buildup of plaque, and the best way to combat it is to remove it.
What Is Scaling And Root Planing?
Scaling and root planing are painless procedures, and involve “scraping away” the plaque and tartar deposits in your teeth. The scaling is the actual removal of these particles, and the root planing is the smoothing of your tooth’s root. The root planing prevents future bacteria and plaque from sticking to the surfaces of your tooth.
Why Is It Recommended?
Healthy gums provide support and structure for your teeth. However, when plaque and tartar build up around these areas, they can affect the connection of tissues to the teeth. Scaling and root planing are two treatments that can clear away the detritus of plaque and set you on the path towards healing.
After The Procedure
Depending on the severity of the periodontal disease, scaling and root planing may require more than one visit. But once the treatment is complete and the plaque is removed, you’ll be cleared for any further treatments. This includes any surgical procedures that required a clean bill of health before proceeding.
While the procedure itself is painless, it’s completely normal to feel some soreness or slight pain in the following days. Your gums may also react with swelling and tenderness, but these symptoms should be gone within a week. Depending on your progression, Dr. Diane W. Sherman may prescribe a mouth rinse or a pill to prevent any infections afterwards.
Our team will also take great care to educate you about better brushing or flossing habits. Your first line of defense begins at home, and by starting better oral care habits.
Oral Care Tips
- Brushing: The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes each time. Brush in gentle, circular motions that also brush over your gums. Avoid aggressively brushing the gums and causing them to recede.
- Flossing: Do not jam the floss between your teeth, but gently tug the floss into place and use a C-motion to clear away food particles. If your gums start to bleed, you may be too aggressive in your flossing.
- Balanced Diet: Cavity-causing bacteria thrive on sugar and carbohydrates, so be sure to eat a balanced diet. Include leafy greens, crunchy fruits and vegetables, and fish for vitamins that make your enamel strong.
- Come Back For Check-Ups: It’s important that you attend check-ups after your treatment is completed. During these hygiene visits, Dr. Diane W. Sherman checks for any signs of infections and that your gums are in good condition.
How To Avoid Further Infection
There are quite a few bad habits that can incite the symptoms of gum disease again. By being mindful of these habits and bodily changes, you can reduce your risk for gum disease in the future.
- Female Hormonal Changes
- Changes in Medication
- Family Medical History
Contact Dr. Sherman for Gum Disease Treatment in North County
Don’t let gum disease be your hindrance to a healthy smile. Contact us to schedule a consultation with our Encinitas dentist and get the treatment you need for a clean bill of health. You deserve a healthy smile and a fresh start.