Deep Teeth Cleaning


Scale and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is often suggested if you are suffering from periodontal disease, or gum disease. Periodontal disease involves issues with your gums that are bleeding or inflamed. If left untreated long enough periodontal disease can result in the deterioration of the jawbone and eventual loss of the tooth.

If we have been diagnosed you with a periodontal disease, the staff at Cherrydale Family Dental will schedule a deep cleaning followed by a scaling and root planing procedure.

The team at Cherrydale Family Dental is proud of our efforts in working with every member of the family, from infant to teenager to parents to grandparents. Patience is certainly a virtue in our quickly paced lives today. We enjoy watching a patient continue to return for regular exams with a healthy smile. If you have any questions at all regarding deep teeth cleaning, scale, and root planing, simply call Cherrydale Family Dental at 703-243-8288. You can find us at 4399 Old Dominion Drive, Arlington, VA, 22312.



The Levels of Gum Disease

Periodontal disease is a progressive issue that will gradually increase in severity. It usually develops progresses through the following order:

  • Gingivitis: The first stage of periodontitis, gingivitis typically develops due to bacterial plaque that builds up along the gums. Gingivitis is usually evident when your gums are sensitive and are red, puffy, and can begin to bleed easily. Gingivitis can be stymied and reversed with proper cleaning and improved oral health care, but if it is not addressed quickly, it can develop into a more severe form of periodontitis.
  • Early Periodontitis: The second step, early periodontitis, is caused by the continued build-up of bacterial plaque and continues to develop when gingivitis is left untreated. Early periodontitis has the same symptoms as gingivitis, they just become more severe. The gums will now feel painful and more sensitive, and simply brushing and flossing can result in excessive bleeding. Unlike gingivitis, which can generally be addressed through a deep cleaning and improved self-care practices, early periodontitis will likely require more intensive intervention.
  • Advanced Periodontitis: When bacteria, plaque, and toxins have developed to the point that gum tissue is being destroyed, you have developed advanced periodontitis. If you have progressed to this point you have developed small pockets between your gums and teeth. These pockets act as breeding grounds for additional bacteria to grow accelerating the disease further. Because of the additional bacteria, these pockets expand which cause the gums to recede. If left untreated long enough, this recession will result in bone loss.

The Difference with Deep Teeth Cleaning, Scaling and Root Planing

  • Deep Teeth Cleaning- The plaque that builds up on your teeth can drift below the gumline and immediately infect the soft tissue of the gums. Deep cleaning is working below the gumline to remove that plaque.
  • Scaling- This process refers to the removal of plaque and calculus to the surface of your teeth, the exposed crown, and the enamel below the surface. A hand tool or an ultrasonic device can chip away the plaque buildup.
  • Root Planing- This step refers to moving further down the tooth and dealing with the roots. The plaque, tartar, dentin, and cementum must be removed and the followed by the smoothing of the root. By smoothing the root, healing will be facilitated and the likelihood of additional bacteria developing will be significantly reduced.

Scaling and root planing can be a wonderful option for patients who are looking for a long-term solution for improving the health and aesthetic appearance of their smile. If you would like to learn more about the scaling and root planing procedure, contact Cherrydale Family Dental to schedule a consultation. Periodontal therapy refers to a range of surgical and non-surgical techniques that are designed to address periodontal disease, which present as infection or inflammation of the gums and can result in jawbone deterioration.

Proper Care Improves Longevity of The Scaling and Root Planing Procedure

To learn from this procedure and to exercise measures to avoid having to have deep teeth cleaning, scaling and root planing again, be sure to practice the following good oral hygiene habits every day.

  • Brush twice daily (minimum) and practice proper brushing technique. In addition to brushing regularly, it is also important to brush effectively. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about proper brushing techniques.
  • Floss daily. If you are someone who does not care for flossing, you may want to consider alternatives, such as interdental brushes or floss picks.
  • Be mindful of your diet. One of the easiest ways you can prevent dental problems from even developing is to avoid foods that are sugary or high in starch. If you do enjoy soda or sugary beverages, try to use a straw to limit the exposure of sugar to your teeth. It is also beneficial to swish your mouth with water following meals. This will dislodge food remnants, which can contribute to future tooth decay.
  • Schedule regular dental exams. Unchecked dental Problems can result in additional issues and the progression of decay, which is why it is so important to visit us every six months. With us providing a deep cleaning of your teeth and diagnosing potential issues before they progress, these regular checkups are critical to the prevention of issues and maintaining your oral health.

Benefits of Deep Teeth Cleaning, Scaling and Root Planing

In addition to keeping your smile healthy, a dental cleaning will also improve your overall health. Benefits of regular dental cleanings include the following:

  • Prevent Cavities: Plaque that remains on your teeth will inevitably begin to erode the enamel. Since plaque is the leading cause of decay, and because cavities that are left untreated can cause rot and significantly increase the likelihood of needing a tooth extraction, scheduling a deep cleaning to remove this plaque is one of the best ways you can prevent issues and preserve and maintain good oral health.
  • Prevents Gum Disease: Gum disease refers to inflammation of the gums that is caused by a build-up of plaque on your teeth that now infects the gums. To prevent gum disease from developing, it is important keep the teeth clean and make sure they are free of plaque and tartar. Regular deep teeth cleaning ensures this is being done.
  • Prevents Halitosis: If you are suffering from gum disease or have other oral health issues it can commonly develop issues related to bad breath. One of the benefits to having a deep cleaning is the elimination of this issue.
  • Reduce the Likelihood of a Heart Attack or Stroke: In addition to causing issues with your teeth and gums, the bacteria that continues to collect in your mouth due to periodontitis can even enter your bloodstream and increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Research has proven that if you have gum disease you are almost twice as likely to suffer from a heart attack and are also at a significantly higher risk of having a stroke.
  • Reduces the risk of Diabetes: It also has been proven that there is a direct correlation between gum disease and diabetes. People who have diabetes are more vulnerable to developing gum disease, and people who have gum disease are more likely to have issues regulating blood glucose levels, which can result in developing diabetes. By scheduling your regular deep cleanings, you can reduce your risk of developing these issues.

Quality Dental Care for ALL Family Members

At Cherrydale Family Dental, 4399 Old Dominion Dr., Arlington, VA, we work day in and day out to develop trusting and long-lasting relationships with each patient. We see past just your teeth or gums and smile when you enter our office. We see a patient that can become a friend. We want to contribute to helping you maintain good oral health to the best of your ability. We always look forward to seeing you and discussing what is best for you and your smile. Please contact us at 703-243-8288 to discuss the benefits for you when it comes to deep teeth cleaning, scaling and root planing and how they can improve your quality of life.


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