Do you brush and floss your teeth at least twice every day? Limiting the growth of microbes in the mouth to ensure fresh breath and less plaque accumulation on the teeth can help you maintain a healthier mouth. We suggest you use an ADA approved toothpaste that is rich in fluoride to brush your teeth. Use only a medium-soft bristled toothbrush to avoid any injuries to the gums and soft tissues. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, as it is the most effective way to remove the microbes between the teeth.
How often do you visit the dentist?
Tartar and plaque adhered to the teeth and root surfaces are known to be the leading cause of gum diseases and cavities. Dentists recommend that you visit them for routine consultations at least once in six months so that they can examine the oral cavity and remove any tartar deposits. We perform oral cleaning through two procedures, namely scaling and root planing.
What is scaling and root planing?
The crowns are the visible part of a tooth, whereas the root is the underlying structure covered by the gums. Dentists ensure tartar deposits from both the crowns and roots are removed to ensure a healthier oral cavity. Scaling helps to clean the tooth crowns, and root planing cleans the roots and deep gum pockets.
Will the procedure be painful?
Though the enamel is the hardest substance in the body, it is not immune to sensation. When the dentist performs scaling, patients usually feel a slight tingling sensation, but no pain whatsoever. But, root planing involves inserting the scaling tip in between the gums and roots, which may cause pain. Hence, we will administer local anesthesia to numb the teeth and gums before commencing. If you feel too anxious and have a hard time seated still, we can suggest a mild sedative to ease your nerves.
What are the advantages of scaling and root planing?
Scaling and root planing are the primary procedures used in the treatment of gum diseases, such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Gum diseases are usually caused due to tartar deposits near the gum line. The microbes in these deposits release toxic acids while feeding on the food debris in the mouth, which can erode the enamel and decay the soft tissues. By removing tartar, the dentist allows the gum tissues to heal better and prevent the infection from advancing. Also, scaling and root planing is a preventive measure that keeps one from developing cavities. Patients also experience a fresher breath after getting deep cleaning done.
To know more about dental hygiene and teeth cleaning, please schedule an online appointment with our dentists or call us at (650) 780-9429, and we will be happy to help. We also serve areas of Redwood City, Menlo Park, Atherton, and Foster City.