Did you know that, while your OBX, NC dentist likely recommends brushing your teeth twice every day, brushing isn't actually as effective on its own as you might think? Brushing is an important first step in the fight against plaque and gum disease, but brushing alone simply isn't enough. Even after you brush, your mouth is still full of bacteria and food particles.
This does not mean that you should stop brushing - it is still important. Instead, it means you need to do more than just swipe a toothbrush in your mouth a couple of times a day. You also need to visit your dentist at Atlantic Dentistry in OBX, NC for regular cleanings to make sure your teeth are thoroughly clean.
For individuals with great oral hygiene, regular cleanings should be sufficient. However, for patients with poor oral hygiene, scaling and root planing may be necessary.
What is Scaling and Root Planing and Why is it Necessary?
Scaling and root planing is the process of deep cleaning the outside of your teeth down to the roots. It is necessary when your gums begin to pull away from the teeth or when you begin to show the first signs of periodontal disease. Scaling and root planing is the deepest cleaning you can get from a dentist at Atlantic Dentistry.
Scaling and root planing is generally not painful though your dentist may recommend a local anesthetic, depending on your pain tolerance and the size of the area to be worked on.
How is Scaling and Root Planing Done?
The process is usually done both manually with hard instruments and with ultrasonic scalers. Your dentist may clean your entire mouth all at once or in portions, depending on the extent of the damage.
What are the Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and root planing removes tartar, decreases inflammation and fights gum disease. It also decreases the likelihood of decay and tooth loss.
If your dentist at Atlantic Dentistry in OBX, NC has recommended scaling and root planing for you, don't be alarmed. The process is fairly simple and straightforward, and it will improve your oral health dramatically.