Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and Root Planing is a dental procedure designed to thoroughly clean the surfaces of teeth and roots. This treatment is particularly important for children who exhibit excessive plaque and tartar buildup, which can lead to issues such as gingivitis or periodontitis.

What Does Scaling and Root Planing Involve?

  • Scaling (Tartar Removal): During this stage, the dentist uses specialized tools to carefully remove the tartar and plaque that have accumulated on the surface of the teeth and beneath the gums. This helps prevent gum inflammation and prevents harmful bacteria from building up.
  • Root Planing: In this phase, the dentist smoothes out the roots of the teeth to eliminate any irregularities that may have been caused by plaque and tartar buildup. This helps the gums firmly attach to the teeth and prevents the recurrence of periodontal problems.

Why Is It Important for Children?

  • Children may be especially prone to plaque and tartar buildup due to their dietary habits and oral hygiene routines.
  • Plaque and tartar buildup can lead to issues such as gum inflammation, bad breath, and premature tooth loss in children.
  • Scaling and Root Planing help maintain children’s oral health by preventing the progression of periodontal diseases and promoting a healthy, long-lasting smile.