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Keeping up great oral health isn’t complicated, but it does involve a commitment to a few different procedures and practices. For example, you have to be willing to come see Dr. Rebecca Blum and the staff here at NOLA Dental Studio in Kenner, Louisiana every six months. You also have to brush, floss, and clean your teeth well every day between visits.

But one of the other procedures critical to overall oral health is scaling and planing your teeth. These are procedures that can’t be done at home, and they’re part of the reason we recommend you visit us every six months.

But what are they, and how do they help your oral health? Let’s take a moment to answer those questions.

What is it?
Scaling and planing is the process of removing hardened plaque – called tartar – from your teeth, and around your gum line. When plaque has the chance to build up on your teeth, it becomes too hard to remove yourself. In addition, that hardened plaque is a haven for bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease.

Why do I need it?
You’ll need scaling and planing if you have any tartar on your teeth, or near your gums. You can’t let that much bacteria sit in your mouth for too long without running the risk of infection or cavities.

It’s also too difficult to remove at home without risking damage to your teeth and gums. Our trained staff knows how to safely plane and scale your teeth, and they’ll let you know during your appointment if it’s something you need.

We want you to have the best smile possible. If you’re ready for the same thing, call us today at 504-667-5909.