Root Planing and Scaling is a procedure that Rodeo Dental may recommend if you have tartar deposits underneath your gum line. Unlike plaque, that sticky film that you are constantly brushing away, tartar is caused from a buildup of minerals, visible above your gumline. Common signs of tartar are brown or yellow teeth and gums. Unfortunately, tartar is impossible to remove at home. Never attempt to remove tartar with a metal object. Not only is this foolish, you could end up hurting your gums.


You may be extra diligent at home brushing twice and flossing once a day, but no matter how many times a year you see your dentist in Texas, you will still have bacteria growing in your mouth. The majority of the bacteria is harmless, and actually healthy to your mouth, but when mixed with food particles those proteins will form that annoying sticky film known as plaque. Plaque not only invades your gum line, but will also stick to dental restorations. Having regular professional dental cleanings in Texas will help prevent gum disease and permanent tooth loss.


If you do not remove the plaque from your teeth, tartar will begin to form both above and below your gum line. Known as calculus, tartar can only be removed by your dentist. Tartar makes it difficult to brush and floss properly. If you can’t get in-between your teeth to floss away the plaque, tartar could be to blame.

If you have tartar above the gum line, the bacteria can damage and irritate your gums, which could lead to serious periodontal disease. You can avoid tartar by practicing good oral hygiene and watching your diet, bacteria love starchy and sugary foods. Watch your in-between meal snacks and drink plenty of water if you do have a sweet treat.

Root Scaling and Planing

Using special tools, your dentist will scale and plan the roots of your teeth to get rid of the tartar. During the procedure, Rodeo Dental will scale the tartar deposits, bacterial toxins, and plaque from the roots and surfaces of your teeth. The root planing smoothes the rough areas on the surface of your tooth roots. Healthy root surfaces should be smooth to avoid tartar adhering in the future. When your gums heal, they will reattach themselves to your teeth.

Follow Up

Your dentist will want to schedule a follow up visit after a root planing and scaling procedure. During the checkup, your gums and pockets will be assessed looking for pink and firm gums. Hopefully, the bleeding has been reduced or eliminated completely. Ultimately, your dentist in Texas will want to see smaller pockets. If your gums are stable, further treatment may not be necessary.

Don’t ignore those hard deposits underneath your gums. Call or click and schedule an appointment with Rodeo Dental who will be able to determine what dental procedures would be best for your particular needs. Call or click and schedule your appointment today.