The concept of keeping your smile clean and, therefore, healthy is a common one. So common, in fact, that we can often overlook its importance without realizing it. In many cases, that oversight can lead to heightened risks of several potentially disastrous oral health conditions, including gum disease (the leading cause of tooth loss). At our Silver City, NM, dental office, we can help you spot the signs of gum disease early and address it with customized treatment, such as periodontal cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing.

What is scaling and root planing?

Scaling and root planing is a more descriptive name for periodontal cleaning, or deep cleaning. Unlike regular dental cleaning, which everyone should receive at least once every six months, deep cleaning is only recommended when necessary. It involves thoroughly cleaning the surfaces of your teeth roots, which rest underneath your gums, and requires carefully exposing the roots a section at a time to remove the harmful bacteria that have accumulate on them. These bacteria are the source for your early gum disease, or gingivitis, and removing them is key to protecting your smile from the disease’s more advanced symptoms.

How do you know if you have gingivitis?

The early stages of gum disease, known as gingivitis, describe the infection that results when oral bacteria accumulate underneath your gums. The infection leads to redness, swelling, and discoloration in certain parts of your gums, and can also cause them to bleed when you apply pressure through brushing and flossing. If you happen to miss these signs, then the best way to ensure you catch and address gingivitis early is to maintain a consistent schedule of preventive dental exams and regular cleanings at your dentist’s office.

Will scaling and root planing cure it?

If you have gingivitis, then you may have a short time to address it and reverse the condition before it can lead to more permanent gum disease. However, it doesn’t take long for gum disease to progress enough to have a lasting impact on your oral health, which is why undergoing scaling and root planing as soon as possible is vital to preserving your smile.

Learn if you need scaling and root planing

When you exhibit signs of gingivitis, it’s best to address them with scaling and root planing as soon as possible. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.