Visiting your dentist every six months is crucial to your oral health. That is unless you want gum disease and other tooth decaying ailments. The reason for these cleanings is to take care of plaque build up that you otherwise couldn’t get rid of. If you don’t visit your dentist every six months, you’re at an increased risk of gum disease. In this case, a root scaling procedure might be the next viable step.
What is a Scaling and Root Planing Procedure?
Root scaling, or root planing, is a standard procedure for patients with advanced periodontal disease. It’s a non-surgical procedure meant to deep clean your teeth and gums. When your gums show symptoms of periodontal or gum disease, they are usually red and swollen. In this case, you might require root scaling.
The procedure involves a small metal hook-like rod being inserted between your gums and teeth that scrapes any tartar or plaque off the bottom portions of your teeth. Does dental scaling hurt? Root scaling, or planing, may involve anesthesia to minimize pain and discomfort, but it is a very standard procedure. Learn more about our sedation dentistry options if you have a fear of dental procedures.
Depending on the severity of your periodontal infection, you may be required to come in for more than one visit to get the procedure done all the way. In any case, your dentist will want to check up on you, so a follow-up visit is standard. Your dentist will check if your gums are healing properly and if the root scaling worked well enough. If not, it may require more attention.
During this time, it’s important to keep up with maintenance and cleaning more than ever.
- Keep brushing twice a day
- Rinse with mouthwash nightly
- Thoroughly floss daily
- Avoid harmful activities (smoking, chew tobacco, etc.)
Keep Up the Good Oral Hygiene
From this point on, it’s up to you to keep up with the good habits. That means brushing, flossing and rinsing regularly. On top of that, schedule an appointment with your dentist at least every six months for proper cleansing and maintenance. Refer to the section on maintenance, repeat those steps daily along with your dentist visits and you’ll surely never have to worry about getting the procedure done.