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Professional Deep Cleanings to Fight Off Gum Disease

Even though the awareness of how oral health impacts overall wellness continues to increase, many American adults still experience gum disease. Unless individuals receive proper treatment to remove harmful plaque and tartar from their smile, tooth loss, and gum tissue recession will eventually follow.

Our team at 81st Street Dental believe your smile is too important to be ruined by the negative effects of gum disease. We provide scaling and root planing to successfully remove the infection and encourage healing for improved long-term oral health.

Contact our practice today to help restore the health and beauty of your smile!

Understanding Gum Disease

Infection begins with oral bacteria, which both beneficial and harmful, are naturally present in your smile. When there is a lack of consistent dental care, harmful bacteria collect into a sticky film called plaque. Plaque buildup irritates the gums and causes gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. If the buildup continues to accumulate it can calcify into tartar and causes gums to recede. This advanced form of gum disease, known as periodontitis, can lead to more complex oral health problems.

Although proper oral hygiene at home is a significant step in preventing against gum disease, additional treatment from a dentist is the best option for those with signs of gum disease.

Tooth Scaling

The first step Dr. Beller takes in treating your gum disease is a deep cleaning called scaling to remove plaque and tartar. Specialized instruments are used to rid the bacterial buildup on teeth from above and below the gum line.

Scaling is important because it removes the primary source of gum disease. Plaque and tartar result from the accumulation of oral bacteria which produces acids that can wear down your teeth. Getting ahead of bacteria can improve the symptoms of gum disease and help protect your teeth from decay.

Root Planing

As gums recede due to advanced gum disease, space is created between the tooth and gums. These spaces are known as “periodontal pockets.” Not only do these pockets create an environment where oral bacteria can grow in abundance, but they also allow food particles to get trapped, which accelerates the progression of bacterial growth.

Root planing is the recommended treatment and involves using specialized tools to remove plaque and smooth out the surface of the tooth roots. This smoother surface encourages gums to reconnect with teeth and reduces the periodontal pocket. By helping gums reconnect to teeth more effectively, root planing supports healthy gums and halts further recession.

Dr. Kathryn E. Beller provides expert scaling and root planing treatment for patients experiencing gum disease. Our team can help you have strong gums and a healthy smile. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call our practice today!


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