Deep Cleaning Can Halt the Effects of Gum Disease

Dr. Yani Dixon offers scaling and root planing at her Fort Lauderdale, FL, practice to help patients with gum disease safely improve their periodontal health. Scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning, is a two-step process that removes bacteria buildup along the gum line and smooths your dental roots. This trusted procedure can help patients restore their periodontal health before the onset of more serious symptoms that require the need for surgical intervention. 

Understanding Periodontal Disease 

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, nearly half of Americans suffer from gum disease. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease or periodontitis, is caused by plaque accumulation along the gums. As the tartar continues to build up on your teeth, the tartar below the gum line becomes impossible to remove by brushing and flossing alone. Left untreated, your gums willseparate from your teeth and create deep pockets. 

Illustration of healthy tooth versus gum disease

Scaling and root planing can reduce pockets that develop around the teeth due to gum disease. 

Certain lifestyle and genetic factors can impact your periodontal health and put you at greater risk for gum disease. If you practice poor brushing and flossing techniques, suffer from a fluoride deficiency, or use tobacco, you are at a higher risk of developing gum disease and should visit our office right away. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to bad breath, inflammation of the soft tissue, bone loss, and loose teeth. Research has even found the condition may contribute to the development of diabetes and heart disease

How Deep Cleaning Treats Gum Disease 

Scaling and root planing can minimize symptoms in patients who are already exhibiting signs of gum disease. The procedure involves two steps: 


In order to make the procedure as comfortable as possible, we typically apply a local anesthetic to begin. During scaling, we will remove tartar buildup above and below your gum line. We will use a special instrument called a scaler that safely and effectively reaches below the soft tissue, removing tartar from the gum pockets and dental roots. 

Root Planing 

Once we have thoroughly cleaned the treatment area, we will begin the next step. Planing creates a smooth surface on your dental roots, which helps the gums reattach more securely and decreases the depth of the periodontal pockets. Following planing, we will use a varnish or fluoride to polish your teeth and help better protect them against future bacteria buildup. We may also administer an anti-microbial agent along the gum line.

Deep cleaning can restore your periodontal health before the onset of more serious symptoms that require surgical intervention. 

Recovery and Aftercare

Although scaling and root planing is a safe procedure, some patients experience temporary sensitivity and discomfort following treatment. As your gums heal, you should notice less inflammation, but it may take more than one treatment to achieve the best results. After the procedure, we will schedule a follow-up appointment to determine whether you need additional deep cleaning. In some cases where the gum disease has spread, you may require surgical intervention following scaling and root planing. 

Contact Our Office 

Scaling and root planing can restore your oral health and appearance by removing stubborn plaque and reducing inflammation of the soft tissue. Treating gum disease early can also reduce the risk of tooth or bone loss, which require additional restorative dentistry procedures. Call our office at (954) 525-6010 or contact us online to learn more about the benefits of scaling and root planing. 

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