If you have periodontal disease, our Grand Haven dentists might recommend scaling and root planing. People with periodontal disease often have deep gum pockets around their teeth that collect food particles and plaque.

The Need for Scaling & Root Planing

It’s not uncommon for people with periodontitis to have receding gums. When gums pull back from the surface of your teeth, the roots are exposed. Periodontal disease can deteriorate gum and jawbone tissue until there’s nothing left to support your teeth.

Other common gum disease symptoms include:

  • Bleeding gums, especially when you brush or floss
  • Painful, swollen, or sensitive gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Mouth sores
  • Bad breath

If you have any of these symptoms, give our dentists a call. While you might not have gum disease, it’s important to investigate any changes in your oral health as soon as they appear.

Deep Gum Cleaning

During a deep gum cleaning, our dentist will clean above and below the gum line to prevent further oral health issues. We use a tool called a scaler to scrape away plaque and tartar that has built up underneath the gumline, causing pockets. Once we clean the gum pockets, we’ll smooth out tooth roots to help encourage your gums to reattach to your teeth so this bacteria doesn’t return.

It’s important that you see your gum disease dentist every 6 months (or more) to protect your oral health. Often, people don’t realize they have gum disease until their oral health has deteriorated. While advanced gum disease is incurable, there are plenty of things our dentists can do to help protect your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Managing periodontal disease takes long-term effort and continued consciousness, but it can be done.

At Grand Haven Smiles, we’re happy to explain the scaling and root planing procedure at your dental exam in order to help you make the best choice for your teeth. To schedule your appointment with one of our Grand Haven, MI gum disease dentists, give our office a call at (616) 209-4704.