If plaque and tartar is left on the teeth, it makes for a happy breeding ground for bacteria. The bacteria can cause irritation to the gums i.e. the inflammation causes bleeding in the gums. It I is noticeable when you are brushing your teeth, or eating. This is the early stage of gum disease called ‘ Gingivitis’.
If you have gingivitis, your dentist will clean your teeth by scaling or polishing them. Your dentist may also recommend an antiseptic mouthwash containing chlorhexidine and show you the right method to brush and floss your teeth effectively. Most adults have some degree of gum disease. If Gingivitis is not treated, the inflammation around teeth might progress causing ‘ Periodontitis’ with formation of “periodontal pockets” which create the conditions for bacteria to cause more damage. If it goes untreated, the inflammation and infection will go deeper under the gums, resulting in bone loss, loose teeth, and eventual tooth loss.
To stop gum disease from progressing, your dentist may advise periodontal treatment called ‘Root Planing’ or teeth deep cleaning. This gets rid of the bacteria in the pockets and provides the necessary conditions for healing.
What is the difference between Simple Cleaning and Deep Cleaning?
There is some confusion about the difference between Scaling(Simple Cleaning) and Root Planing(Deep Cleaning). Scaling is basically the process of removing dental tartar and plaque from the visible surfaces of the teeth above gum line. On the other hand, Root Planing is the process of smoothening the root surfaces and removing any infected tooth structure below the gum line. Any roughness can be planed away to result in a smooth tooth surface.
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