Harmful oral bacteria, which are major building blocks of plaque and tartar (calcified plaque), are the driving forces behind the most common and destructive dental issues—particularly, gum disease. When the bacteria settle along your gumline and work their way underneath your gums, they can lead to an infection known as gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease. Treating gingivitis involves cleaning away bacteria from underneath your gums, and your dentist may suggest scaling and root planing (or deep cleaning) in addition to regular dental cleaning. Scaling and root planing is the process of carefully cleaning away bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth roots, and then smoothing the roots so bacteria cannot easily cling to them again.

Stopping Gum Disease in Its Tracks

When gingivitis develops, it can often be reversed if you receive scaling and root planing while it is in the early stages. However, if gum disease fully develops, then it can no longer be reversed, and your risks of serious complications, including tooth loss, will rise significantly. Even though gum disease may not be reversible, it can be successfully controlled with scaling and root planing, followed by ongoing periodontal maintenance with your dentist or periodontist. Because severe gum disease is marked by excessive inflammation, leaving it untreated can increase your risks of chronic disease, as well, including cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and more.

Ask Your Dentist About Scaling & Root Planing

To protect your smile from gingivitis and gum disease, you may need scaling and root planing in addition to your regular dental cleanings. To learn more, or if you exhibit signs of gingivitis, schedule a consultation with our experts by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.