The presence of tartar or calculus under the gum line is the best site for bacteria to reside. Regular cleaning, brushing, and flossing won’t help you remove the debris from or under your gum line. When the bacteria start to proliferate, it can lead to inflammation and infection, which if left untreated can cause gum disease, tooth caries, and even bone loss. To prevent this from happening, you should go to your dentist for a comprehensive dental evaluation.
Typically, the space between your gum and teeth should be around 3 mm or less. Deeper spaces between your gums gum and teeth indicate that you are at a higher risk of developing gum disease, and this will warrant a scaling procedure by your dentist. Your dentist will usually recommend scaling to treat moderate gum disease.
Scaling followed by root planing or also known as deep dental cleaning is usually needed to remove tartar and bacteria under your gum line and prevent you from acquiring gum disease. It can be performed on one or two quadrants of the mouth at a time, or sometimes it depends on your dentist’s suggestion and your condition.
For scaling, usually patient doesn’t need anesthesia, but deep cleaning usually do.
Normally, people may need dental cleaning every 6 months or less depends on the status. To know if you’re a candidate for scaling procedure, visit our dental office in Richmond Hill. Here at ToothMatters, we prevent any early signs of gum disease through careful assessment and preventative management with the scaling procedure.
– Dr. Gao