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Scaling & Root Planing in Loves Park IL

Scaling and root planing is recommended if you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a disease of the gums, which will cause your gums to swell and bleed. If left untreated gum disease can result in the deterioration of your jawbone and tooth loss.

If Riverside Dental Center determines you have periodontal disease, we will first schedule a deep cleaning and a scaling and root planing procedure. During this treatment, the plaque and calculus will be removed from the teeth below the gumline which then allow the gums to heal and the sagging pockets to shrink.

Scaling is the removal of damaging plaque and calculus from your teeth, where root planing is the smoothing out your teeth’s roots to prevent bacteria from adhering and to speed up the healing process.

At Riverside Dental Center, we value our patient relationships, making it our priority to deliver gentle and compassionate care that you deserve from your dentist in Loves Park. We collectively focus on making you feel at ease by providing you exceptional care in a relaxed, convenient atmosphere. Our team goal is to develop lifelong relationships with our patients by combining the latest dental technology with a professional and caring staff. The result is a beautiful, healthy smile that will last a lifetime. We also emphasize preventive care and patient education because we want you to understand why it is so important to keep your mouth healthy and how to exercise daily hygiene to accomplish it. We are located at 2028 E. Riverside Blvd., Ste 210, Loves Park, IL, 61111. Please call us today at 815-877-4300 to schedule an appointment for your scaling and root planing treatment to maintain your healthy smile.

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The Benefits of Deep Teeth Cleaning, Scaling and Root Planing

In addition to improving your smile, scaling and root planing will also improve your overall health. Benefits of these treatments include the following:

  • Prevents Gum Disease: Gum disease is the inflammation of the gums that is from the build-up of plaque around your teeth. The most common symptom for gum disease is bleeding when brushing. To prevent gum disease from developing, it is essential to keep plaque and tartar away from the gums with regular preventative cleanings.
  • Preventing Cavities: Plaque that accumulates on your teeth will begin to destroy the enamel. Plaque is the primary source of tooth decay, and because cavities that are left untreated will cause rot and result in a possible tooth extraction, scheduling a cleaning to remove the plaque is one of the best ways you can keep your teeth and gums healthy.
  • Reduces the Risk of Diabetes: A direct correlation between gum disease and diabetes has also been proven. If you have diabetes, you are more at risk of developing gum disease, and if you have gum disease you are likely to have issues regulating your blood glucose levels, which can result in the development of diabetes. With regular cleanings, you can reduce your risk of these issues.
  • Reduces the Likelihood of a Heart Attack or Stroke: The bacteria that collects in your mouth from gum disease can enter your bloodstream and increase the risk of having a heart attack or a stroke. Research has proven that if you have gum disease you are twice as likely to suffer from a heart attack or a stroke.
  • Prevents Halitosis: If you have gum disease you can develop issues related to bad breath. One of the benefits to having regular teeth cleaning is the elimination of this problem.

The Types of Gum Disease

Periodontal disease is a progressive issue that will continue to increase in severity. If you develop periodontal disease, it is usually in the following order:

  • Gingivitis: The first stage of periodontitis, gingivitis develops from plaque that builds up on the teeth next to the gums. Gingivitis is evident by sensitive gums that are puffy, red, and bleed easily. Gingivitis can be both stopped and reversed with regular cleaning and improved oral health care, but if not addressed, it will develop into a more severe form.
  • Early Periodontitis: Early periodontitis, the second stage, is caused by the continued accumulation of bacterial plaque. The symptoms of early periodontitis are like gingivitis, just more severe. The gums will become more sensitive, feel painful, and brushing and flossing can result in more bleeding. Unlike gingivitis, which can be addressed through scaling and root planing and improved oral hygiene, early periodontitis will require more intensive interventions.
  • Advanced Periodontitis: When the bacteria, plaque, and toxins have accumulated to the point that gum tissue is being destroyed, you have developed advanced periodontitis. If you have progressed to this point you will now have developed pockets between your gums and teeth, which facilitates for even more bacteria to grow. These pockets expand causing the gums to recede. This recession will result in bone loss.

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Proper Oral Hygiene Improves the Longevity of Your Scaling and Root Planing

To extend the benefits of your scaling and root planing, practice the following good oral hygiene habits every day.

  • Brush at least twice daily and exercise proper brushing technique. It is also important to brush effectively.
  • Floss at least once a day. If you do not care to floss, you should consider an alternative, like an interdental brushes or floss picks.
  • Be aware of your diet. One of the easiest ways to prevent dental issues is to avoid foods that are either sugary or high in starch. If you enjoy sugary beverages, use a straw to limit exposure of the sugar to your teeth. It is also beneficial to rinse your mouth following meals.

Maintain regular dental checkups with Riverside Dental Center. Unchecked dental issues can quickly progress, which is why it is essential to visit us every six months. By providing a proper cleaning for your teeth and diagnosing potential issues, these regular exams are crucial in good prevention practices.

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The entire team at Riverside Dental Center believes that you should have sufficient information to make educated and informed decisions about your oral health, treatment options, and the choice of your dentist in Loves Park. You will find all this essential information on our website, including directions to our Loves Park office, service descriptions, patient forms, patient education resources, and more.

We are located at 2028 E. Riverside Blvd., Ste 210, Loves Park, IL, 61111. Please call us today at 815-877-4300to schedule an appointment for your dream smile. Let us smile together.

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