Managing Gum Health With Scaling and Root Planing

April 9, 2019

Gingivitis and gum disease not only lead to uncomfortable symptoms, but may also increase the risk of adult tooth loss. In order to reverse gingivitis and manage gum disease, we may suggest a routine preventive treatment. In today’s blog, we’re going to cover the benefits of a scaling and root planing, and talk about when people should see their Olathe, KS, dentist for treatment.

The Causes of Gum Disease

How does periodontal disease first occur? The issue is related to untreated gum inflammation. Also known as gingivitis, inflammation may occur as a result of poor oral hygiene, which enables plaque buildup to accumulate on the teeth and irritate the gum tissue. Without treatment, the gums eventually pull away from the teeth and form pockets, which bacteria enter to start the onset of periodontal disease. Other factors include smoking and tobacco use, inflammatory illnesses, certain medications, and a family history of gingival issues. Warning signs that you may need treatment include sore, red gums that bled easily when you brush and floss, as well as recession or swelling.

The Benefits of a Scaling and Root Planing

With the scaling and root planing, we can reverse gingivitis or manage gum disease, bringing the disease under control and protecting your smile from periodontitis, which could cause adult tooth loss. The procedure involves the use of an ultrasonic scaling device to remove all plaque and tartar from your teeth and roots. For minor buildup, this could take one visit. However, serious buildup and inflammation may mean a patient needs up to four visits to complete the procedure. After we finish the deep cleaning, we polish your teeth for a more attractive smile.

Other Preventive Steps

Along with scaling and root planing, you need to continue to see us every few months for routine cleanings, which help keep plaque under control. These visits typically happen every six months for healthy patients, but those with gum disease may need them every three to four months. At home, you need to brush your teeth for two minutes twice daily and floss each night before going to bed. These actions help control plaque buildup in between your cleaning visits. You should also avoid smoking or tobacco products as well. If you have any questions about treating gum disease and protecting the health and stability of your smile, then contact our team today. Let’s work together to keep your smile healthy and whole!

Do You Have Sore, Bleeding Gums?

Let us help you enjoy better gum health with routine care. To schedule a consultation and learn more about preventive dentistry, then call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, and all surrounding communities.