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Deep Teeth Cleaning, Scale and Root Planing Alexandria VA

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Scale and Root Planing

Deep Teeth Cleaning, Scale and Root Planing Alexandria VA

Deep Teeth Cleaning
Scale and Root Planing

in Alexandria, VA

Deep teeth cleaning, scaling and root planing is recommended if you are diagnosed with periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a disease of the gums, which can cause your gums to become inflamed and bleed. If left untreated periodontal disease can result in the deterioration of your jawbone and tooth loss.

If INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA identifies that you have periodontal disease, we will first schedule a deep cleaning followed by a scaling and root planing procedure. During this process, the plaque and calculus will be removed from the teeth near and below the gumline which will then allow the gums to heal and the sagging pockets that have developed to shrink.

Scaling refers to the removal of damaging plaque and calculus from your teeth, whereas root planing is the smoothing out your teeth’s roots to prevent additional bacteria from forming and adhering and to speed up the healing process.

The entire team at INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA shares an office goal. With over three decades of experience, we pride ourselves in being old school when it comes to respecting you and your family and giving you the treatment that we would wish to receive ourselves. Every single patient receives the quality care they deserve. This is the way to earn your trust and satisfaction. Our team is focused on our collaborative efforts to promote oral health by practicing prevention, wellness, enhancement, and renewing rejuvenation. Visit us at 4660 Kenmore Ave., #320, Alexandria, VA 22304 or give us a call today at 703-751-7600 to schedule your appointment to see if you might benefit from a deep teeth cleaning, scale, and root planing procedure. 

Scaling and root planing can be essential for you if you are looking for a long-term solution for improving your oral health and the aesthetic appearance of your smile.

The Benefits of Deep Teeth Cleaning, Scaling and Root Planing

In addition to improving your smile, a deep teeth cleaning will also improve your overall health. Benefits of regular dental cleanings include the following:

  • Prevents Gum Disease: Gum disease refers to the inflammation of the gums that is caused by a build-up of plaque around your teeth. The most common symptom for gum disease is bleeding when brushing your teeth. To prevent gum disease from developing, it is important to keep plaque and tartar away from the gums with regular dental cleanings, deep teeth cleaning and scale and root planing.
  • Preventing Cavities: Plaque that builds and accumulates on your teeth will inevitably begin to destroy the enamel. Because plaque is the primary cause of tooth decay, and because cavities that are left untreated will cause rot and result in a likely tooth extraction, scheduling a simple deep cleaning to remove the plaque is one of the best ways you can maintain healthy teeth and gums.
  • Reduces the Risk of Diabetes: A direct correlation between gum disease and diabetes has been proven. If you have diabetes, you are more vulnerable to developing gum disease, and if you have gum disease you are more likely to have issues regulating their blood glucose levels, which can result in developing diabetes. With regular deep cleanings, you can reduce your risk of developing these issues.
  • Reduces the Likelihood of a Heart Attack or Stroke: If causing problems to your teeth and gums is not enough, the bacteria that collects in your mouth from gum disease can enter your bloodstream and increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Research has proven that if you have gum disease you are twice as likely to suffer from a heart attack and are at a higher risk of having a stroke.
  • Prevents Halitosis: If you are suffering from gum disease you can commonly develop issues related to bad breath. One of the benefits to having a deep cleaning is the elimination of this problem.


Even with the best of diligence to maintain your oral health things don’t go as planned. Once in a while, and you might find that your teeth need to be restored or replaced. Missing, cracked, damaged, or even decayed teeth will dull your smile. Did you know it can also affect your oral health? At Inspire Dental of Alexandria we offer restorative dentistry to ensure that your teeth and oral health are back to their former state.


It is important to feel confident in your smile, because being confident in your smile means being confident in yourself. Despite this, many people walk around every day, resigned to the fact that their smile is what it is and there is really nothing they can do to change it. But what if that was not the case? What if improving the aesthetic appearance and/or functionality of your smile was easier than you thought?


Almost 50 million Americans experience tooth-loss every year. Dental bridges have traditionally been the best option if you are in this situation. However, there have been continual technological advancements regarding different types of dental implants. Dental implants are becoming both a common and popular procedure to restore a missing tooth or teeth.

The Types of Gum Disease

Periodontal disease is a progressive issue that will gradually increase in severity. If you develop periodontal disease, it is usually in the following deliberate order:

  • Gingivitis: The first stage of periodontitis, gingivitis develops due to plaque that builds up on the teeth along the gums. Gingivitis is evident by sensitive gums that are red, puffy, and bleed easily. Gingivitis can be stopped and reversed with proper cleaning and improved oral health care, but if it is not addressed, it can quickly develop into a more severe form.
  • Early Periodontitis: Early periodontitis, the second stage, is caused by the continued build-up of bacterial plaque. Early periodontitis is evident by symptoms that are like gingivitis, just more severe. The gums will be more sensitive, feel painful, and brushing and flossing can result in bleeding. Unlike gingivitis, which can usually be addressed through a deep cleaning and improved self-care practices, early periodontitis will most likely require more intensive interventions.
  • Advanced Periodontitis: When the bacteria, plaque, and toxins have developed to the point that gum tissue is now being destroyed, you have developed advanced periodontitis. If you have progressed to this point you will have developed small pockets between your gums and teeth, which act as breeding grounds for even more bacteria to grow. These pockets expand which cause the gums to recede. If left untreated, this recession will result in bone loss.

Improve the Longevity of Deep Teeth Cleaning

To continue to enjoy and extend the benefits of your deep teeth cleaning, practice the following good oral hygiene habits every day.

  • Brush at least twice daily and exercise proper brushing technique. In addition to brushing regularly, it is also important to brush effectively.
  • Floss at least once a day. If you tend to avoid flossing, you should consider alternatives, such as interdental brushes or floss picks.
  • Be aware of your diet. One of the easiest ways you can prevent dental issues is to avoid foods that are sugary or high in starch. If you do enjoy sugary beverages, try to use a straw to limit exposure of sugar to your teeth. It is also beneficial to swish your mouth with water following meals.
  • Schedule regular dental exams with INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA. Unchecked dental issues can quickly build into additional issues, which is why it is so important to visit us every six months. By providing a deep cleaning for your teeth and diagnosing potential issues before they progress, these regular checkups are essential in good prevention practices to maintain your oral health.


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My family has been seeing Dr. White through more than a decade of teeth cleanings, tooth injuries, teeth grinding, cavities, caps, root canal... you name it. The office is 30 minutes away but we wouldn't consider another dentist office. It's not just that Dr. White is a great professional, it's that he and his family run a great office. Scheduling, insurance, hygienists, hours -- everything about interacting with them is first rate.Everybody is knowledgeable, thorough, and kind. They take major insurance, and have even given me advice on which options to select. ...and Dr. White is a big Nats fan, which is a bonus in my book any day.


Alexandria, VA

Our Mission Statement is to Open Doors with a Smile

At INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA, our mission statement is quite simple. We approach every patient with attentive, gentle grace and patience. We understand the concept that we each are unique, and we all have our personal therapy plans. No matter the age, we will treat each patient only as we wish to be treated. By integrating cutting-edge technology with solid tradition, we attempt every day to exceed your expectations. Visit us at 4660 Kenmore Ave., #320, Alexandria, VA 22304 or give us a call today at 703-751-7600 to schedule your appointment for an evaluation to see if you might benefit from a deep teeth cleaning, scale, and root planing procedure.  High quality, comfortable, relaxing environment, and plenty of smiles is what you will encounter at INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA.


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