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Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

Scaling is Great for Healthy Teeth and Gums

Posted on 12/20/2019 by Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry
Scaling is Great for Healthy Teeth and GumsScaling teeth is a procedure that is commonly done to patients who have gum disease. The process usually involves the removal of plaque buildup by cleaning the teeth and reaching below the gum line. This procedure is highly recommended as it goes much deeper, unlike the standard teeth cleaning.

Why Scaling is Important

Plaque buildup is usually very common in human beings. During the food consumption, tiny food particles, sugars, and even acids can build-up thus causing plaque if not adequately addressed. There are often a lot of bacteria in the plaque buildup, and if left unattended, you stand a high chance of contracting gum disease and tooth decay. When your gums are healthy, the tissue fits around the tooth tightly, and this keeps plaque out. The tissue quickly loosens when gum disease begins to form.

Gum disease also causes the teeth to develop deeper pockets which fill with more plaque. When the plaque is too much, you will start suffering from phenomena like bad breath. A metal dental scalar curette is used by the dentist to scrape plaque from the tooth. The thin tool is inserted under the gum line to get to the plaque as your toothbrush will not reach these places. An ultrasonic instrument can also be used to remove plaque. It usually has a vibrating metal tip that sprays cold water on the tooth.

When the scaling is done, root planning follows. It is done the same way as scaling just that it goes deeper to deal with the root of the tooth. When root planning is done, the surface of the root becomes smooth, and the gum reattaches properly.

Scaling of the tooth is a standard treatment that we advise to have excellent dental health. When you schedule a dentist's visit, they can do scaling that can help you fight the unseen plaque.

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