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Scaling and Root Planing: Essentials for Healthy Gums


Scaling refers to the process of scraping plaque and tartar from the surface of teeth in order to maintain cleanliness and provide a deeper clean than you can achieve with a toothbrush or flossing alone. This is also known as simply a cleaning.

Root planing is a more in-depth treatment that involves removing plaque and debris from below the gum line, near or on the root of the tooth. It is an effective method to treat gum and bone disease that is not yet severe.