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Gum disease can cause bleeding, discomfort, and tooth loss. However, with the proper tools, this condition is treatable. When harmful bacteria accumulates below the gum line, a scaling and root planing procedure can improve the health of your gums.

How scaling and root planing can help you

  • Reduce Uncomfortable Side Effects—scaling and root planing can improve common symptoms of gum disease, including bleeding gums and bad breath. Treatment can also reduce the size of periodontal pockets, as well as your risk of tooth decay.
  • Treatment Is Non-Surgical—also known as a deep cleaning, scaling and root planing is typically the first line of treatment for periodontal disease. Unlike a gingivectomy, it does not require incisions or sutures.
  • Decrease Your Chance of a Serious Illness—gum disease has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, and oral cancer. A deep cleaning can minimize your risk of associated diseases.

Can't daily brushing and flossing fight gum disease?

Though daily brushing and flossing is integral to your oral health, it must be combined with routine visits to the dentist to really prevent gum disease. Unfortunately, some individuals are simply more prone to developing gum disease than others, no matter how conscientious their oral hygiene routine. Should you develop the condition, your dentist can use special tools to clean areas beneath the gum line, which are not accessible with a regular toothbrush. They may also use an antibiotic such as ARESTIN to reduce inflammation and bacteria and encourage healing.

What to expect during a deep cleaning

  • Your dentist will apply a numbing solution to your gums
  • Together with a hygienist, your dentist will use tools to remove tartar and plaque buildup along and below the gum line
  • When the tartar is removed, your dentist will use another tool to smooth the roots of your teeth. This helps to prevent new bacteria from accumulating
  • In some cases, your dentist will apply an antibiotic to the affected area

Treatment generally lasts under one hour. You dentist will assess the success of your procedure during a follow-up visit. Most periodontists agree that the majority of patients do not require additional treatment following scaling and root planing.

According to the Center for Disease Control, gum disease affects nearly some 64.7 million American adults. When left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, which has serious consequences for the health of your teeth and gums. Advanced periodontal disease can impact the supporting bone and tissue around your teeth and ultimately lead to tooth loss. To avoid more extensive and costly restorative treatments like dental implants, it is important to address gum disease in its earliest stages.

If you have gum disease, do not wait to schedule an appointment with your dentist. A scaling and root planing procedure can protect the long-term health of your smile.

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update

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To Our Wonderful Family of Patients:

Last night, my wife Connie and I enjoyed the most delicious take-out dinner from FIG restaurant. As always, the food was excellent; however, it was most satisfying to see the local restaurant, along with others, begin its comeback. Our resilient city feels like it is coming back to life—parks are opening and folks and families are enjoying the wonderful spring Charleston air. The Rink dental team is, too, readying itself for the next chapter of practicing dentistry as the community begins reopening its doors.

We are concentrating on continuing to advance our rock-solid foundation of state-of-the-art infection control. We were blessed to keep our dedicated and passionate team employed during the crisis, and have devoted the entire month of April to research, systematically developing, purchasing and installing the best additional infection control protocols and equipment available. We are ready. This month we will begin the process of a “soft opening” of our practice. What this means for our patients is a resumption of the same excellent restorative, esthetic, and preventive care in the safest and most secure environment available anywhere.

Additional safety steps will include asking our patients to wait for their appointments in their cars rather than in the reception area. We will ask that you take a moment to fill out a short questionnaire upon your arrival regarding your health and recent travels. We will take everyone’s temperature (including the team) with a forehead scanner as you enter the practice. We will clean and disinfect all touchpoints in the office in between each patient. We have procured the highest quality KN95 masks and face shields for the staff and have carefully researched and purchased the most advanced aerosol containment and purification systems available for the safety of all our patients. These are a few examples of how we have added additional layers of protection for your and our staff’s benefit.

Finally, I wholly understand that each one of you is an individual with specific desires, needs, and comfort levels. I want you to know that we are here to actively listen to you and to create the best environment for your emotional health. Some will be ready sooner than others to receive care again at our office. Let’s keep the lines of communication open and please know that our relationship with you and your family is our highest priority.

We look forward to reuniting with everyone but until that time it is our wish that you enjoy good health, good spirits, and peace.

To your optimal dental health,

- John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD and team

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