why scaling and root planing is important
Poor oral hygiene is the number one leading cause of periodontal disease. This includes infrequent dental cleanings and improper brushing and flossing techniques. As plaque accumulates below your gum line, it can begin to harden (calcify). When this occurs, it can lead to gum irritation, swelling, tenderness, and bleeding. You may also experience prolonged bad breath. At this stage, if timely treatment is administered with scaling and root planing, side effects can be reduced and often reversed.
If periodontal disease progresses, it will create pockets between the teeth and gums, trapping and accumulating even more plaque. Over time, gum tissue will deteriorate and tooth decay will develop. This can result in tooth loss and costly restorative procedures.