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If you have developed gum disease, your dentist may recommend that you have scaling and root planing—also known as deep gum cleaning —in order to treat it. During this procedure, your dentist will remove plaque and tartar that have built up below your gum line, thus treating the source of your gum disease. Once there is nothing for the bacterial infection to feeding on, it will disappear and allow your gums to heal.

Treating gum disease doesn’t end with this procedure, however. You’ll need to learn how to modify your oral health regimen in order to keep your teeth and gums clean. If you have lost bone as a result of your gum disease, the spaces between your teeth may be deeper and it may be more difficult to clean them effectively using dental floss. If this is the case, you will need to use different instruments to clean your teeth. Ask your dentist in Renton, WA, to recommend dental tools that will be effective for you.