Even when you think about your own oral health, gum health may not be at the forefront of your mind. It’s easy to forget about your gums, since your teeth are the focus of your smile, and the things you use to eat. However, gum health is just as important as tooth health. Diseased gums can come with a lifetime of treatment needs. To avoid this, you need to be aware of your gum health. If you exhibit signs of infection or inflammation, you should take action right away. You need scaling and root planing to remove bacteria before it’s too late.

Gum Disease Begins as Gingivitis, Then Things Get Worse

If your gums are red, swollen, and in pain, these signs point to gum disease. If your infection is chronic, you may have developed gingivitis. This initial stage of gum disease is uncomfortable and undesirable, but it’s only the beginning. If you fail to treat your gingivitis, it can get worse. Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease and it can result in the degradation of your jaw bone. That means it could ultimately result in tooth loss. This condition is not reversible, and it requires a lifetime of treatment just to avoid tooth loss.

Scaling and Root Planing Stops Gum Disease Before It Progresses

If you notice the initial signs of gum disease developing, you can and should take action. Scaling and root planing, also known as “deep cleaning,” can remove bacteria and smooth out the roots of your tooth. When bacteria work their way beneath your gum line, this causes infection. Scaling allows your dentist to access this area and scrape the bacteria away. Afterward, your dentist will polish your teeth (scaling), to eliminate any grooves that may have resulted from the infection.

Greenhaven Family Dental Administers Scaling and Root Planing

Making regular visits to your dentist for checkups and cleanings allows the dentist to keep an eye on conditions like gum disease. If you notice the signs of gingivitis, schedule an appointment immediately to address the condition. The team at Greenhaven can perform scaling and root planing to keep your teeth safe and healthy. To schedule an appointment for you or a family member, contact Greenhaven Family Dental in Baxter, MN at 218-454-0523.