What is Teeth Scaling? 6 Reasons Why It’s Worth Considering

what-is-teeth-scalingIt’s been years since you saw a dentist last. The next time you schedule a checkup, all you want is a cleaning. But the dentist tells you that you need a teeth scaling.  What is a deep cleaning, and is this type of a scaling really necessary?

  1. A Deep Cleaning Is Therapeutic (Not Preventive)

A “normal cleaning” is a preventive step that helps patients avoid the development of gum disease. But when it’s been a while since you’ve had a cleaning, or you’ve accumulated a large amount of buildup and have gums starting to detach from your teeth, a scaling and root planing (also known as a “deep cleaning”) is the first step in therapeutically managing the infection. Think of it as cleaning an infected cut, before putting a bandage over it. 

  1. There’s No Way to Clean Those Areas on Your Own

Daily brushing and flossing are essential to removing soft plaque biofilm from your teeth. But when you have gum disease, there’s calcified plaque deep below your gums that cannot be reached. Even if you could reach it, it’s too hard to remove.

During a scaling, we use special instruments to reach these narrow areas to thoroughly lift away the tartar and biofilm that are harboring disease-causing bacteria. That way you have a “clean slate” that’s easier to maintain between routine maintenance cleanings.

  1. If the Areas Aren’t Cleaned, the Disease Will Get Worse

Putting your periodontal therapy off will only allow the condition to get worse. What is gingivitis one day may be mild periodontitis six months from now, but in a year or two it could be moderate to severe gum disease.

Scaling the infected areas helps to create clean surfaces that the gums can reattach to. This halts the periodontitis process so that you can maintain your current level of oral health.

  1. You Could Lose Your Teeth

Once the supporting gum and bone tissues of your teeth are diseased enough, they pull away from the tooth altogether. At first, you’ll notice some soreness and then possible tooth mobility. Eventually, the teeth become so loose that they may fall out completely.

  1. Treating and Maintaining Prevents the Need for Surgery

As with most medical conditions, it’s best to perform non-invasive, preventive therapies than it is to wait for them to become so bad that you need surgery. With a scaling and root planing, you can enjoy the therapeutic impact of a non-surgical gum disease treatment, before having to move on to aggressive types of therapy.

  1. Periodontitis Impacts Your Overall Health

From diabetes to sleep apnea, pneumonia to infertility, gum disease can significantly increase the severity of several known diseases and medical conditions. Removing the active infection from your mouth boosts your immune system and makes it easier for your body to address other underlying health issues.

Our family dentist in Ventura can help you take control over your oral health, and boost your overall level of wellness. Talk to us today to find out how treating gum disease or other types of orally-related health conditions may be easier than you think.


Interested in teeth scaling? Let the team at Dr. David Satnick’s office answer your questions!

 Give us a call at 805.639.3050 or go ahead and schedule an appointment now!

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