Most dental health treatments are only recommended when they’re necessary, though dental cleanings are somewhat of an exception. Even when your teeth and gums are healthy, attending regular dental checkups and cleanings is always necessary to keep them healthy. However, dental cleaning can come in a variety of forms. On a more involved level, it may sometimes include the removal of bacteria from underneath  your gums, rather than from your visible tooth structures. Known as scaling and root planing, or periodontal cleaning, this process may become necessary when the health and integrity of your gum tissues are compromised by harmful oral bacteria.

When your gum tissues recede and make pockets

Gum recession involves the pulling away of your gum tissues from the roots of your teeth, which they’re meant to cover and protect. This can occur for different reasons, though the formation of gingivitis (early gum disease) can be one of the more common ones. When gum recession occurs, it creates pockets between them and your teeth roots, allowing harmful oral bacteria to accumulate within them. Your toothbrush and floss can’t reach the insides of these pockets, and removing the bacteria so your gums can heal can be the only way to protect the health and integrity of your smile.

When gingivitis first develops in your gums

Gingivitis is the infection that forms in your gum tissues when enough oral bacteria are allowed to accumulate on and underneath them. Gingivitis is also the beginning stage of gum disease, which can progress quickly and become severe enough to lead to the loss of one or more teeth. Scaling and root planing is designed to remove the oral bacteria buildup from underneath your gums, and if gingivitis has already developed, then prompt treatment could be essential to protecting your periodontal health.

As part of more comprehensive periodontal management

If gingivitis is treated early enough, you may have a chance of reversing the condition and removing the infection from your gums. However, more developed cases of gum disease can remain a threat after you’ve received scaling and root planing to remove the harmful oral bacteria underneath your gums. Caring for your smile when you have more severe gum disease can require ongoing periodontal maintenance with help from an oral health specialist. The beginning of this treatment may begin with personalized scaling and root planing to help stop your gum disease’s progression.

Learn if you need scaling and root planing

Scaling and root planing, also known as periodontal cleaning, can be an important measure in protecting your periodontal health under several circumstances. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.