If you have periodontal disease, our dentists in Cascade and Grand Haven will recommend scaling and root planing. People with periodontal disease often have deep gum pockets around their teeth that collect food particles and plaque. During a deep gum cleaning, our dentist will clean above and below the gum line to prevent further oral health issues.

Scaling and Root Planing Process

Once we clean the gum pockets, we’ll smooth out tooth roots to help encourage your gums to reattach to teeth. It’s not uncommon for people with periodontitis to have receding gums. When gums pull back from the surface of your teeth, it exposes the roots. Periodontal disease can deteriorate gum and jawbone tissue until there’s nothing left to support your teeth.

It’s important that you see your dentist every six months (or more) to protect your oral health. Often, people don’t realize they have gum disease until their oral health has deteriorated. While advanced gum disease is incurable, there are plenty of things our dentists can do to help protect your teeth, gums, and jawbone.

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Our West Michigan family dentists provide quality dental care to patients of all ages. With five convenient West Michigan locations, we have the capability of handling all of your family's dental needs. Call MI Smiles Dental Grand Haven at (616) 842-1188, MI Smiles Dental Cascade at (616) 974-4990, MI Smiles Comstock Park at (616) 784-3515, MI Smiles Grand Rapids at (616) 942-2870, or MI Smiles Ionia at (616) 527-2220 today, or schedule your appointment online.