Do I Need Scaling and Planing?

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There are a lot of different things you can do to your teeth to help them stay in great shape. Brushing, flossing, and mouthwash use are the most effective things to do at home. You may wonder why you need to visit a dentist so regularly for different procedures then, right?

One of those procedures is called scaling and planing. This is an activity performed when you visit any dentist. Hopefully we can walk you through this in a way that underscores its importance.

What is it?
At its most basic, scaling and planing is simply the process of removing tartar from around your gum line. Tartar is formed when plaque is left to harden around your gum line. This creates a bacteria-rich environment that causes all sorts of issues. Tartar buildup is one of the most common causes of oral health problems that Dr. Jeffery Carver sees.

How does it work?
Scaling and planing are really simple. When you come into Quail Ridge Dental in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, our team will scale and plane your teeth before cleaning. Your tartar is scraped away, as is the possibility of getting cavities, or even gum disease.

Why can’t I do it?
Tartar is a hard substance, and if you try to remove it at home, you could seriously injure your gums. On top of that, it takes a specialized training to effectively and safely remove tartar. We’ll have you taken care of as quickly and comfortably as possible.

To learn more, or to make an appointment, call us today at 928-855-5042.