Not a lot of people are aware of it, but about 85% of the population suffers from some form of gum disease. Food debris stuck in the gum line helps harmful bacteria to proliferate and eventually lead to plaque buildup. This condition, if not properly treated, can lead to serious gum problems and even tooth loss.
Everything, of course, begins with good oral hygiene and some form of conscientiousness on your part. Examine your teeth and gums before or after brushing. Are your gums swollen, tender and red? Have you noticed that they have begun receding? Instead of trying some sort of self-treatment — or worse, ignoring these signs — it’s probably time to call Dental One Care.
Dr. Farhat talks about dental scaling and root cleaning (among other things), a highly effective method of getting rid of plaque so your gums get a new lease on life.
What’s the difference between plaque and tartar?
Plaque is a term used in the dental practice to refer to that sticky substance usually found along the gum line. It contains gum disease and cavity-causing bacteria. If plaque is not effectively removed, it can harden and turn into a calcified substance called “tartar” or “calculus.”
How does dental scaling and tooth cleaning figure in all this?
In order to get rid of plaque or tartar, whichever the case, it is important to immediately go to your dentist so he or she can give your teeth and especially the gums the kind of deep cleaning required to immediately address the problem.
If you are diagnosed to be suffering from periodontitis or gum disease, dental scaling, and root cleaning are absolutely necessary to ensure that the serious effects of tartar do not worsen and lead to tooth loss.
Why can’t patients with gum disease benefit from standard tooth cleaning?
Patients who want to maintain oral health can and do benefit from regular dental cleaning. The main thing about dental scaling is that even the areas below the gum line are given a thorough cleaning. This way, all the plaque, tartar and any food debris caught below the patient’s gum line are eliminated.
The patient may also be required to take an antibiotic to help the body fight the infection. After the treatment, the patient should see healthy and pink gums with no tartar buildup.
Does dental scaling hurt?
If you’re already familiar with tooth cleaning procedures, there’s no reason to feel nervous about scaling at all. During a scaling appointment, Dr. Farhat will administer local anesthesia, which is normally used to numb the gums and tooth roots, so the procedure should cause you only a little discomfort.
Dental scaling and root cleaning are complementary procedures, and they can be done together in one session. However, depending on the severity of the case, patients are sometimes advised to get a quadrant (1/4) or half of their mouth done per session.
Contact us today if you have any questions or concerns.