Scaling & Root Planing or Deep Gum Cleaning
Unhealthy gums are the leading cause of tooth loss. Periodontitis, or gum disease largely comes about from improper home care, and lack of professional cleanings. Some signs of gum disease are bad breath, bleeding gums, swollen or tender gums, or loose teeth due to jawbone loss. Sometimes there can be no symptoms at all. In fact, most people do not even realize that they have gum disease.
Gum disease suppresses your body's immune system and more specifically can cause cardiovascular problems, low brith weight in pregnancy and respiratory infections. Your mouth is the gateway for your body's entire immune system.
Deep Gum Cleanings, or Scaling and Root Planing, is the treatment to help fight and remove the sources of these toxins from the root surfaces below the gum-line. Standard dental cleanings only eliminate bacteria from the area of the tooth that can be seen above the gum-line. However, the deep gum cleaning removes the source of the infection which will then allow your gums to heal so that they can re-tighten around your teeth.
With regular professional cleanings and better home care, the effects of gum disease can be suppressed. If deep gum cleaning is needed and not taken care of, the effects will fall on not just your teeth and mouth but your entire body’s system. Gum disease will not go away on its own it needs to be treated promptly!
Below you will find pictures to further explain the procedures used to clean below the gums: