Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and Root Planing
The key to oral health is regular cleaning and removal of plaque and tartar build up. This starts with daily oral hygiene routines, which includes brushing and flossing.
However, even with good daily oral hygiene, some plaque still remains in your mouth and over time it can harden and becomes tartar (also known as calculus) If tartar is left in your mouth, it will cause periodontal disease or gum disease. Tartar can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist with a process called ‘scaling’ where either ultrasound vibrations or a manual tool called a scaler are used to remove tartar from the portion of your tooth that is below the gum line. When you go in for regular cleanings, usually twice per year, your dentist will scale each tooth on all sides, and between the teeth, to remove tartar build up, especially in the most difficult places to reach. If you are particularly sensitive, your dentist may temporarily numb your teeth and gums so the cleaning process isn’t uncomfortably painful.
Since plaque and calculus love to grab onto rough surfaces of the tooth, once the built-up tartar has been removed from your tooth, the rough or irregular surfaces are smoothed away with a process called ‘root planing.’ This process is used to prevent periodontal disease, reverse any early signs of gum disease and to prevent any existing periodontal disease from spreading.
These common techniques are the first, most basic step in preventing periodontal disease. If you regularly keep your dental check up appointments, where the dentist uses scaling and root planning, you are likely not to need further, more invasive treatments.
Restore your natural smile!
Do you have stained or yellowing teeth? Visit Smile Focus today and get your teeth whitened to get the bright smile you deserve! Teeth whitening is a simple process that can brighten up your smile and get rid of the stains on your teeth. Your dentist will advise two agents for the teeth whitening process; hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide which are bleaching agents that break down the stains on your teeth. Whitening toothpastes contain agents which can polish the teeth and are effective at removing stains. During your in-office whitening, your dentist will apply a bleach to help whiten your teeth and may use a special laser or light to facilitate the action of the bleach. For bleaching your teeth at home, a weaker bleach in the form of a gel or a strip may be used to make the teeth whiter.
Since tooth whitening is not effective on all teeth
your dentist will advise you whether the process will work for you. Tooth whitening works better on teeth which are yellowing than on teeth which have become brown or gray.
Why do your teeth stain despite regualr brushing?
Certain foods and drinks can stain your teeth; drinks like coffee, tea and wine have pigments which attach to the outer part of your tooth and color it. Smoking and tobacco use may also stain teeth. Certain medications, age, and even injury can cause discoloration in the teeth and make them appear yellowish.
Don’t let yellowing teeth bring you down, get your confidence and your beautiful smile back today by getting your teeth whitened at Smile Focus!