What Is Scaling and Root Planing?

What Is Scaling and Root Planing?

What Is Scaling and Root Planing?

June 1st, 2019

young man shaking hand with his dentist after treatment

After each visit, you can expect to have a little sensitivity or soreness in the treated areas, which might last for a day or two.

You may be given an oral antibiotic or a mouth rinse to help with healing.

After all of the affected areas have been scaled and root planed, you might be placed on a shorter hygiene schedule, referred to as periodontal maintenance, usually every 3-4 months. At each visit, your hygienist will check to make sure your periodontal pockets are not getting any larger.

The best way to prevent gum disease is to have regular professional cleanings, brush at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss at least once a day.

Once gum disease passes a certain point, it becomes a chronic condition that never goes away. Proper at-home care, a healthy diet, avoiding all tobacco products, and seeing your hygienist at least twice a year are all simple ways you can help prevent gum disease from affecting your health.

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