Professional cleanings are a very important part of maintaining good oral health and keeping the gums and teeth disease-free. It is recommended that people have their teeth cleaned at least twice a year. At your cleaning appointment, the dentist will also provide an oral examination to ensure that your mouth is healthy and cavity-free.
Scaling and Root Planing:
In certain cases a regular cleaning is not enough. In cases of gum and bone infection (periodontal disease), often a more advanced cleaning is needed. The recommended treatment of deep scaling and root planing helps to remove plaque and tartar on tooth and root surfaces below the gunline. Once the teeth and roots are cleaned, good home oral hygiene and routine maintenance cleanings will often preserve the attachment to the teeth.
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