Does Your Smile Need A Periodontal Cleaning?

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When serious plaque and tartar buildup occurs, this could lead to gingivitis, and eventually, even the onset of gum disease. To protect the smile from sore, bleeding gums and even tooth loss, management is needed with a periodontal cleaning. In today’s blog, your Houston, TX, dentist talks about the importance of our scaling and root planing procedure, as well as good oral hygiene habits.

The Link Between Plaque and Periodontal Disease

Plaque buildup is a bacterial byproduct that forms as harmful oral bacteria breaks down the particles left between your teeth from the foods and drinks we consume. Lack of proper brushing and flossing, and a diet high in sugary foods and drinks, could be a major factor in the onset of buildup. Over time, this buildup begins to irritate and inflame the gingival tissues. Gingivitis could form, and as the inflammation worsens, the gums could pull away from the teeth to form deep pockets, causing gum disease. Symptoms could include sore, red gums that bleed easily. If you experience these symptoms, then please let us know right away.

The Scaling and Root Planing Process

A deep cleaning could help reverse gingivitis, or begin managing gum disease, to prevent issues like periodontitis, which causes adult tooth loss. The procedure uses an ultrasonic scaling device to remove all buildup from the surfaces of both the teeth and the gums. The procedure could take one visit, or up to four, depending on the cause and extent of your buildup. We then polish the teeth and discuss better oral hygiene habits at home. After all, we want to help control the disease and keep your smile whole and healthy for years to come!


Afterward, you may need to use a special rinse for a day or two. We will suggest flossing every evening, and brushing twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. A cleaning visit is necessary every three to four months. These routine cleanings simply remove plaque and tartar from the teeth in a few minutes. We also have a chance to keep an eye on your smile for the earliest warning signs of trouble, so we can administer treatment and keep your smile strong. If you have any questions about treating, preventing, or managing periodontal issues, then please contact our team today to learn more.


We want to help you enjoy optimal oral health and avoid common issues like gingivitis and periodontal disease, so you keep your smile whole and don’t suffer from adult tooth loss. For more information on protecting the health of your gums and keeping teeth bright with our preventive and general treatment options, contact your Houston, TX, dentist, Dr. Chan, by calling 713-926-8896.