Periodontal scaling and root planing is a deeper version of the same Prospect Heights dental cleaning you get when you come in for a checkup every six months. Unfortunately, when gum disease has become advanced, this more serious type of cleaning is required.
Gum disease is very sneaky. Even if you are dedicated to brushing twice per day and flossing vigorously once per day, some plaque can escape the reach of your oral hygiene. It then hides away and hardens into tartar. You can’t remove tartar with your toothbrush and dental floss. For that, you need our Prospect Heights dental cleaning. When you arrive for your six month checkup, our periodontist will examine your gums for signs of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. Fortunately, our Prospect Heights dental cleaning reverses signs of it (which are generally irritation and redness). What happens, though, if you skip your six month checkups? That’s when gum disease is allowed to progress, fueled by tartar buildup. The symptoms that are likely to arise due to this include inflammation, infection, bleeding when you brush, receding gums, loss of gum and bone tissue, and loose teeth. That’s a lot to risk. When any of those indications occur, the solution is periodontal scaling and root planing, so that the plaque and tartar that are deeply embedded down in your roots can be removed. And as a result, your gums will begin to return to their normal, vibrant, healthy, pink state. Of course, it’s best not to let it get there to begin with. If you do, you’re taking unnecessary chances with your oral health. Remember, without strong gums, your teeth have no foundation at all.
Contact our office right now and while it’s on your mind, schedule an appointment for our Prospect Heights dental cleaning. Be good to your gums and they’ll be good to you.