Scaling and Root Planing is an Effective, Conservative Treatment for Periodontal Disease
If your gums easily bleed when brushing or flossing in addition to dental sensitivity, you may have the early signs of periodontal disease (gum disease). This bacterial infection is a chronic condition that affects the gums. If left unaddressed, it can lead to tooth loss, bone degeneration, and a host of serious health concerns, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. By taking care of your oral health, you can help preserve the health of your body. At Metropolitan Dental Care, we encourage patients to visit the dentist every six months for a cleaning and examination so plaque buildup can be removed and the early signs of periodontal disease can be caught.
Why Scaling and Root Planing is Important
Poor oral hygiene is the number one leading cause of periodontal disease. This includes infrequent dental cleanings and improper brushing and flossing techniques. As plaque accumulates below your gum line, it can begin to harden (calcify). When this occurs, it can lead to gum irritation, swelling, tenderness, and bleeding. You may also experience prolonged bad breath. At this stage, if timely treatment is administered with scaling and root planing, side effects can be reduced and often reversed.
If periodontal disease progresses, it will create pockets between the teeth and gums, trapping and accumulating even more plaque. Over time, gum tissue will deteriorate and tooth decay will develop. This can result in tooth loss and costly restorative procedures.