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Chad M. Boustany D.D.S., M.S.

The Importance of Scaling and Root Planing in Periodontal Treatment

Posted on 7/10/2023 by Dr. Boustany
The Importance of Scaling and Root Planing in Periodontal TreatmentPeriodontitis is a challenge that most people face, and sometimes, finding the proper treatment can be hectic. In this article, we analyze one of the most effective periodontal treatment methods: scaling and root planning. We also analyze the importance of utilizing this method for your periodontal treatment.

What is Root Planing and Scaling?

Root planing and scaling is a non-surgical treatment whereby the dentist gets rid of plaque and tartar from your teeth surfaces, root surfaces, and even from your gum pockets. The method is also known as deep cleaning. Scaling involves removing tartar from your teeth surfaces, while root planing involves the removal of tartar from your teeth roots.

What are the Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing?

Experts recommend this method to people with mild or moderate gum disease because research has shown that it effectively treats periodontal disease. Also, the method is associated with other benefits, which include;

Reducing Inflammation

Inflammation and swelling of the gums are significant causes of periodontitis. Plaque and tartar cause inflammation and removing the plaque and tartar using scaling and root planing can help reduce inflammation, preventing periodontal disease.

Fresh Breath

You can get fresh breath using a minty mouthwash, but this method is temporary and doesn't address the main issue. Scaling and root planing deal with the issue's root by helping eliminate bacteria responsible for bad breath.


Being a non-surgical method, it is a relatively low-cost procedure compared to other surgical treatments. Therefore, it is more accessible to many patients than other methods.

In summary, deep cleaning is an effective way of caring for your dental health. It can help treat gum disease and improve your overall oral health. You can consult your dental hygienist or periodontist to know more about the procedure.
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