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If you find yourself with gum disease, there is help. Good oral hygiene habits are crucial if you want healthy gums and teeth. Brushing, flossing, consuming a balanced diet and seeing your dentist regularly all help maintain tooth and gum health. But if you have pockets in your gum tissue, you may need a dental treatment called scaling and root planing which removes harmful plaque.

Our dentist, Dr. Jenny Hawkins, is pleased to offer scaling and root planing for patients dealing with gum pockets. This is a form of “deep cleaning” the areas below the gumline where bacteria and plaque have built up and inflamed gum tissue and caused the tissue to recede or pull away from your teeth.

The reason you brush and floss every day is to remove oral bacteria and plaque–the sticky film you can feel on your teeth before brushing–to avoid irritating gum tissue. If this irritation goes untreated, the inflammation makes the tissue pull away from your pearly whites. These pockets then allow plaque to build up, which results in gum disease and eventually, tooth and bone loss.

This is where scaling and root planing can help. Our dentist performs scaling–removing plaque and tartar (plaque which has hardened into a mineral deposit) that has collected above and below your gum line. Then, planing will be performed which is the process of smoothing out the tooth roots which allows the gums to reattach to the teeth.

Scaling and root planing may involve more than one visit for treatment, and a local anesthetic can help you remain comfortable.

Our Pax Dental team can help you receive the quality care your gums deserve. If you are in the Lexington Park, Maryland, area, and are looking for help to restore your gums, we invite you to schedule a visit us by calling 301-863-8822 today.