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woman with straight white teethVisiting us for regular, six-monthly cleanings is important for keeping your oral health up to date and properly maintained. Unfortunately, some patients still experience gum disease, which can result from a number of causes, including:

  • Plaque and tartar buildup
  • Poor diet
  • Smoking
  • Lack of brushing or flossing
  • Tooth decay

Fortunately, there’s a solution for stopping gum disease before it spreads or becomes worse: Root scaling and planing.

What is Root Scaling and Planing?

Scaling and root planing is also known as a ‘deep clean’ for your teeth and gums. When gum disease strikes, it needs immediate attention. If you notice that your gums are red or inflamed, swollen, bleeding, or receding from your teeth, give us a call.

During a deep cleaning appointment, we’ll begin by effectively cleaning your teeth to remove tartar or plaque buildup—but we don’t stop there. Next, we’ll remove plaque buildup around and under the gum line—this helps to reduce infection and stop gum recession in its tracks, effectively fighting gingivitis. We will use a local anesthetic so that you’re completely comfortable the whole time and never in pain.

Your gums will then be sealed back to your teeth, making it harder for plaque and bacteria to sneak under them and continue to cause problems. Your gums may feel tender for the next day, and we recommend rinsing with a warm saltwater mix to soothe them.

For patients experiencing the early signs of gingivitis, we recommend they return to our practice for a checkup and clean every 3-6 months until we’re sure the problem is under control.

Learn More Today

We’d love to speak with you about how we can help you combat further gum damage and get your oral health back on track. To learn more and book a visit today, feel free to give our practice a call.

We look forward to welcoming you into our care.


Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

Scaling and Root Planing Casa Blanca, Riverside, Chino Hills CA | Melody Dental Care

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