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Do you know what it means to have your teeth planed and scaled? If not, don’t worry – not many people have that knowledge readily available.

There are a lot of different dental procedures that can only be performed at a dentist’s office, and scaling and root planing are some of them. These are critical procedures to help you have unmatched, excellent oral health. But we also want you to understand why scaling and root planing is so important. So let’s take a look at scaling and root planing.

What is it?
Scaling and root planing is the process of removing hardened plaque – called tartar – from your teeth, around your gum line, and in your roots. When plaque has the chance to build up on your teeth, it becomes too hard to remove yourself. In addition, that hardened plaque is a haven for bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease.

Why do I need it?
You’ll need scaling and root planing if you have any tartar on your teeth, near your gums, or bacterial toxins in the roots of your teeth. You can’t let that much bacteria sit in your mouth for too long without running the risk of infection or cavities.

It’s also too difficult to remove at home without risking damage to your teeth and gums. Our trained staff know how to safely plane and scale your teeth, and they’ll let you know during your appointment if it’s something you need.

We want you to have the best smile possible. If you’re ready for the same thing, call Akram E. Rafla, DMD, PC today at 508.499.3566. We will be happy to serve you!