Smile-Friendly Labor Day Foods

The team at our Aleris Dental office in Salem, MA is pretty sure that the last thing on your mind when you’re enjoying food at a Labor Day picnic is your oral health. However, we can’t help ourselves when it comes to protecting our patients’ smiles. So in preparation for this year’s Labor Day celebration we’d like to provide a list of some of the best summer treats for your smile as well as some of the worst. What’s Good? A good way to determine if a certain food is good for your oral health is to think about whether it’s good for your body. Chances are what’s healthy for one is healthy for the other. Try to select foods that contain calcium and phosphorus as these two minerals help build s

Scaling and Root Planing in Salem, MA

Scaling and root planing, otherwise known as conventional periodontal therapy, non-surgical periodontal therapy, or deep cleaning, is the process of removing or eliminating dental plaque, its products and calculus-which cause inflammation. This helps to establish a periodontium (specialized tissues that surround and support the teeth) that is free of disease. Root Planing and Scaling (Deep Cleaning) for Gum Disease Scaling is a technique used where the plaque, tartar, and bio film are removed from your teeth just below your gum line. Regular deep cleanings can help reverse and prevent gum disease. Root Planing immediately follows scaling and is a procedure where your dentist smooths the roo

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