Scaling and Root Planing
The first step in treating periodontal disease usually involves a special deep cleaning called “scaling and root planing.” In this treatment, the dentist removes plaque and tartar down to the bottom of each periodontal pocket. This treatment may be done over several visits, depending on your needs.
The root surfaces of the teeth are then smoothed to allow the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the teeth. This treatment also may take more than one visit.
CARE AFTER TREATMENT
Once your periodontal treatment is completed, your dentist may recommend more frequent checkups and cleanings. Regular dental visits and deep cleanings are important to keep periodontal disease under control. In some cases, your appointments may alternate between your general dentist and periodontist.
ORAL HYGIENE AT HOME
Good oral hygiene at home also is very important to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or from coming back. Daily home cleaning helps keep plaque under control and reduces tartar buildup.
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
- Floss your teeth (or use another between-the-teeth cleaner) once a day.