Your dentist will recommend dental scaling and root planing if your mouth has signs of chronic periodontal disease. These procedures can help stop the harmful effects of this condition, keep your mouth healthy, and keep you from losing your teeth.
Chronic periodontal disease occurs when the bacteria in plaque cause your gums to pull away from your teeth. This causes large pockets to grow between your teeth and gums, and more bacteria can grow there that you cannot reach with teeth brushing at home. At that point, you will need to get scaling and root planning to prevent the situation from getting worse.
It’s a common misconception that scaling or professional cleaning makes our teeth loose or damaged. In fact, the reason our teeth become loose is because proper preventative measures like scaling were not performed in a timely manner.
Another common misconception is that as we age, we loose our teeth… NO NO NO … that’s totally wrong… Our teeth should stay with us as long as we live. When we see blood coming out of any part of our body, we get paranoid and rush to the doctor…So why is bleeding from gums taken so lightly? It is equally and even more dangerous to have bleeding gums than bleeding from any other part of the body. Bleeding gums is a sign of a serious oral disease called gingivitis (inflamed gums) and can progress to periodontitis (gum disease leading to bone loss around teeth which is not reversible) and eventually results in tooth loss. The bacteria in periodontal disease are known to cause heart attacks, strokes, miscarriages, and premature birth rates.