When thinking about the health of your mouth, you most likely focus first on your teeth. However, your gums shouldn’t be overlooked; they play an integral role in your oral health. If your gum health is suffering, Maneeza Kulaly, DMD, offers scaling and root planing at Harbor Dental in Pittsburg, California. Get started with restoring your gum health by calling the office or scheduling your appointment online today.
Absolutely. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, can lead to bone and tooth loss. In fact, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults.
What’s more, studies have linked chronic gum disease to a host of other health problems, including:
Fortunately, when caught early, gum disease is highly treatable. Dr. Kulaly offers scaling and root planing alongside other oral health treatments to help you reverse disease in your gums and keep your mouth healthy.
In most cases, gum disease develops when plaque and tartar get trapped under your gum line, in between your gum tissue and your tooth. This buildup irritates your gums, leading to periodontal disease.
Some of the signs of gum disease include:
In its early phases, gum disease is called gingivitis. It’s both very common and highly treatable. As it advances, gingivitis develops into periodontitis, a more serious gum disease that poses a direct threat to your oral health. Periodontitis is associated with the loosening of teeth and tooth loss.
Whether you’re dealing with gingivitis or periodontitis, removing the plaque and tartar from below your gum line is important because it allows your gums to heal. To do exactly that, Dr. Kulaly offers scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planing is a two-step process. During the first step, Dr. Kulaly scales your teeth. She pulls your gums back so she can clean any plaque and tartar that has formed below your gum line.
Next, she planes the root of your tooth, smoothing it. This encourages the gum to reattach to the even, clean surface of the tooth, preventing plaque and tartar from growing below your gum line in the future.
This process may require multiple trips to Harbor Dental to give Dr. Kulaly the opportunity to give each tooth the deep cleaning it requires.
Many patients choose local anesthetic during this procedure to minimize their discomfort. Dr. Kulaly talks with you about your options before she starts treatment so you can relax during your procedure.
Gum disease is a serious oral health concern. Keep your gums healthy by calling Harbor Dental or booking your appointment with Dr. Kulaly online today.