Gum disease is an overlooked disease, most of the time because it does not show many signs or symptoms until it is too late. Because of this, the disease flourishes and could potentially lead to oral systemic issues with the rest of the body. When you’re suffering with gum disease, you should seek attention from your dental professional. There are a few ways to successfully demolish all of the bad bacteria and unwanted plaque, which stops the growth of the disease. One way dentists eliminate the debris and plaque is scaling and root planing.

Scaling and root planing is when your dentist conducts a deep cleaning below the gum line which helps treat the gum disease. Plaque and bacteria tend to settle in between teeth, and areas that are not usually cleaned. When it continues to be left untouched, the debris continues to push lower and lower. Removal of any plaque and bacteria that may have settled is important to fully remove, so your condition does not worsen. If the unwanted debris remains in place and continues to build up, you risk your soft tissue receding, your gum line loosening and even losing teeth affected by the debris.

After the scaling and root planing procedure, your gums may be tender and swollen for a few days. You may even begin to experience some tooth sensitivity, from the deep cleaning. Over the counter medication is often recommended to fight any soreness or discomfort you may face. To clean your mouth and the sites, your dentist will most likely provide a mouth rinse which will prevent any infection from forming in the open areas.

Always remember to brush and floss your teeth, routinely – following the twice a day recommendation. Bacteria flourish especially at night, so deep cleaning your teeth in the morning is always ideal.

 If you believe you could benefit from a scaling and root planing procedure, contact your dentist. They will be able to schedule you a consultation to assess your specific situation, and fit you in for a proper appointment.