Scaling and Root Planing


The Importance of Good Oral Health

The benefits of periodontal health include the absence of infection, improved chewing ability and better overall health. 
Medical research has begun to show that people with periodontal disease may be at significant risk for other diseases.

Heart Disease - Scientists have discovered that people with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as compared to people without periodontal disease. 

Respiratory Disease - Several of the respiratory diseases such as emphysema, pneumonia and bronchitis can be affected by bacterial contamination from the gums. 

Pregnancy Problems - Pregnant women with periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to have a premature and underweight baby. 

Diabetes - People with diabetes have a greater risk of contracting periodontal disease. Also, new research suggests that a gum infection makes it more difficult to control the blood sugar. 

Did you know...

Research has shown that bacteria that causes periodontal disease can pass through saliva; therefore, children and couples may be at risk of contracting periodontal disease from another family member. 

 

 

 

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Some cases of acute periodontal (gum) disease that do not respond to more conventional treatment and self-care such as flossing may require a special kind of cleaning called scaling and root planing.

The procedure begins with administration of a local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort. Then, a small instrument called a "scaler," or an ultrasonic cleaner, is used to clean beneath your gum line to remove plaque and tartar.

The root surfaces on the tooth are then planed and smoothed. This lets the gum tissue heal and reattach itself to the tooth.