Have you been neglecting your teeth? Let’s face it, it’s easy to do. Life can be a whirlwind when things get busy and stressful, and the truth is, it’s easy to be too tired to brush your teeth before bed. Brushing your teeth once a day is better than not brushing them at all, but do you skip brushing too often? Are your gums feeling sensitive, or do they bleed when you brush? Are they a deep red rather than a healthy pink? Do you feel thick rough spots near your gums when you run your tongue over your teeth? You may be experiencing the beginning of periodontal disease. If that’s the case, ultrasonic scaling may be in your future.
What is an Ultrasonic Scaling?
An ultrasonic scaling is more than a traditional dental cleaning and is required if you are experiencing gum inflammation due to the early stages of periodontal disease. Ultrasonic scaling, also referred to as a “deep cleaning” or “scaling,” removes harmful plaque and tartar utilizing an electric ultrasonic dental scaler rather than the traditional dental tools used to scrape the cement-like tartar off your teeth by hand. It is easier, faster, and more efficient because the vibrating tip removes tartar deposits easier and can also release a liquid cooling rinse or antibacterial treatment at the same time.
The Benefits of Ultrasonic Scaling
Because periodontal disease in its early stages can be reversed, ultrasonic scaling treatment can help reinstate your oral health. Left untreated, however, periodontal disease leads to tooth loss and other serious dental issues. Not only is ultrasonic scaling treatment faster, easier, and more comfortable, it may help prevent:
- A more severe infection
- Tooth loss
- Gum recession
- Damage to your roots and underlying jawbone structure
- More complex and expensive dental treatments