Gum disease is one of the many consequences associated with failing to practice good oral hygiene. The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis, where the gums are inflamed. Inflamed gums are characterized to look red and swollen, as well as they bleed easily. However, gingivitis is considered reversible, and it can be treated using a procedure called periodontal scaling.
Periodontal scaling involves our Los Angeles periodontics expert scraping away the plaque and tartar that have developed above and below the gumline. Scaling is not usually done by itself, though, and is usually paired up with a treatment called root planing. With root planing, the dentist removes the rough bacteria deposits that have accumulated at the root of the tooth and smooths it out for a clean look.
It is important to remove the plaque and tartar buildup from below the gumline. Failure to do so can lead to the gums pulling away from the teeth. Indeed, that is exactly what happens in the later stages of gum disease. By eliminating the buildup through periodontal scaling, your teeth once again become smooth surfaces. The smooth surface encourages your gums to reconnect better to your teeth. Practicing good oral hygiene after periodontal scaling can go a long way in preventing further damage from occurring from gum disease.
If you think that you may be suffering from gum disease, contact our expert in periodontal scaling in Los Angeles to set up a consultation.