Effects on Teeth After Scaling

I am going to the dentist for scaling treatment of bleeding gums and calculus. I want to know if this is really beneficial for my teeth? Will my teeth become healthy, will this calculus or gum decay start again after sometime?

Thanks, Manuel in Nevada

Dear Manuel,

It sounds like your dentist has diagnosed you with periodontal disease (gum disease) and recommended root planing and scaling for your treatment. The removal of calculus from your teeth is vital and necessary if you do not want to lose your teeth. When calculus is not removed from the teeth and their root surfaces the bone surrounding the teeth starts to deteriorate. The more the bone deteriorates the more mobile the teeth become, which in the end leads to tooth loss. Periodontal disease happens when one does not have good oral hygiene, which means brushing and flossing daily, as well as going in for your routine dental cleanings at least every six months. Even though one has good oral hygiene, one must also visit their dentist regularly for their cleaning. Brushing and flossing alone will not remove calculus. It is a hard deposit that has to be professionally removed. No matter how good our hygiene is, we all still develop calculus on our teeth, therefore dental cleanings are a necessity in the prevention of bone loss.

Once patients are diagnosed with periodontal disease and have gone through treatment, it is vital to maintain good oral hygiene and keep up your dental cleanings regularly. With good oral hygiene the bacteria that is causing the bone to deteriorate will lay dormant, however if one lacks on their home care and does not go in for their cleanings this bacteria will awaken and start to destroy the bone again. We recommend that if you have any further questions, ask your dental health care provider to educate you further on this disease and it process to help you get a better understanding.

If you get in a situation where you are missing teeth, you may be interested in meeting with an implant dentist to discuss the best options for your long-term dental health.

This post is sponsored by Phoenix dentist Arthur Chal Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.

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