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Were you told that you may need to have your teeth scaled and your roots planed, or deep cleaning, but you have no idea what that even means? You are not alone. Today we would like to briefly detail why deep cleanings are performed and what to expect afterwards. If you frequently get periodontitis, a form of gum disease, our dentist may recommend this non-surgical procedure to help treat it.

Why must it be done?
Scaling and root planing teeth is done to remove all the bacterial toxins, plaque and tartar deposits from your root and teeth surfaces. It also smooths out these surfaces so that plaque and other substances may have a harder time reattaching.

Afterwards
At your checkup appointment, Dr. Adriane Graham will want to see how your gums are healing and ensure that there are no pockets of infection remaining. In many cases, your gums could return to their firm and pink states once more and you may not require further treatment.

Prevention
Gum disease can catch you by surprise. The American Dental Association, or ADA, recommends getting a checkup with the dentist every six months to help prevent periodontal disease and other problems. Having a healthy dental routine at home can also play a key role in preventing gum disease from invading your life.

Such a routine may include:
-Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once daily
-Replacing your toothbrush every three to four months
-Using an antimicrobial mouthwash

For more information about deep cleanings, or to schedule an appointment, please call Dr. Graham's Dental Wellness Center at 310-742-6088. We’d be delighted to help you at our office in Inglewood, California.