Treating Gingivitis With A Deep Cleaning

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A deep cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing, could help reverse or manage gingivitis to protect your smile from poor periodontal health. You can maintain a full and beautiful smile! In today’s blog, your El Paso, TX, dentists talk about treating gingivitis with a deep cleaning.

The Causes and Warning Signs of Inflammation

When we have plaque and tartar buildup, on our teeth, these layers can irritate and inflame the gum tissues to cause gingivitis. Your gums could begin to appear redder than usually, and could feel sore or bleed easily. When this happens, you need to seek treatment right away, before your inflammation leads to periodontal disease. Plaque and tartar occur when harmful oral bacteria consume particles of sugar and trach left behind by the foods and drinks we consume, and brushing and flossing alone cannot remove it.

The Risks of Gum Disease

Over time, the inflammation will grow in severity until the gum tissues pull away from the teeth. This creates deep periodontal pockets that disease-causing bacteria can enter. Once gum disease develops, you cannot cure it, but instead need regular care to manage it and prevent the stage known as periodontitis, in which you could lose your natural teeth. The warning signs of gum disease are the same as gingivitis, but you may also notice recession too, which means your teeth appear long and increase the risk of tooth decay and infection, as well as adult tooth loss.

The Deep Cleaning

A scaling and root planing involves our team using an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual pick to remove all plaque and tartar buildup thoroughly and gently from the teeth. We also remove them from the exposed root structure too! The process could take one visit, or in cases of severe buildup, up to four. We numb the tooth to keep you comfortable throughout the process, and polish the teeth afterward for a brighter appearance and a smooth feel. With traditional cleanings every three to four months afterwards, we can manage the disease to protect your smile’s health, function, and beauty.

If you have any questions about how to prevent periodontal disease and gingivitis, or about scheduling a deep cleaning to protect your oral health, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you enjoy an attractive smile, and also keep your smile whole and healthy.


Our team wants to help manage your gum issues and protect smiles from tooth loss. If you’re ready to schedule a visit to protect your periodontal health, then contact our Sunny Smiles location on N Zaragoza Rd in El Paso, TX at 915-849-9000.