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Scaling and Root Planing – Daytona Beach, FL

Restore Your Gum Health with a Deep Cleaning

Model of mouth needing scaling and root planing Researchers have found a direct connection between oral and general health. Tooth decay isn’t the only danger to your wellness. Gum disease is equally devastating. Not only can it lead to tooth loss, but it can also wreak havoc on your health. Scaling and root planing in Daytona Beach are recommended to treat the infection to restore a healthy smile. Also known as a “deep cleaning,” the two procedures remove tartar buildup from above and below the gum line to stop the infection in its tracks. Although it is a routine service, it’s normal to have a few concerns. Don’t worry, we will explain everything to have 100% confidence about the decision you’re making for your mouth and body.

How Does Scaling and Root Planing Work?

Model of scaling and root planingScaling and root planing are minimally invasive methods of removing tartar accumulations that contribute to gum disease. Your dentist may apply a local numbing agent before getting started, but it isn’t always necessary. Depending on the severity of the infection, we may also recommend more than one appointment.

The first step of the procedure is scaling, which uses a special dental instrument to clean plaque and tartar from the root surfaces of the teeth. After any accumulations have been removed, root planing is performed. Another dental instrument smooths the roots to discourage future buildup to allow the gum tissue to adhere to the teeth to prevent reinfection.

Who Needs Scaling and Root Planing?

Woman in dental chair speaking with dentistAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 50% of Americans have a form of gum disease. The first stage of the infection is called gingivitis, which causes redness, inflammation, and bleeding of the gum tissue. Without any treatment, periodontitis can occur, placing you at risk of tooth loss. If you have signs of gum disease, your dentist may recommend scaling and root planing, including:

  • Red, swollen, and bleeding gums
  • Gum recession
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Pus near the roots of the teeth
  • Loose or shifting teeth

Your dentist will examine your mouth and the periodontal pockets to determine if scaling and root planing are right for you.

What are the Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing?

Woman in dental chair smilingScaling and root planing offer exceptional benefits for your oral and general health, including:

  • Quick, effective procedure
  • Restores gum health
  • Prevents tooth loss
  • Reduces long-term dental expenses
  • Supports general wellness

Scaling and Root Planing Aftercare Instructions

Woman pointing to her healthy smile

You don’t have to worry about a long or painful recovery; however, your dentist will have a few aftercare instructions, including:

  • Carefully brush and floss your teeth to avoid injuring or irritating the healing tissue.
  • Don’t smoke or drink alcohol.
  • Use a saltwater rinse to keep your mouth clean while reducing pain and inflammation.
  • Eat softer foods and avoid anything acidic or spicy.