Greetings from Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

Drs. John Pinnix and George Betancourt would like to extend our sincerest best wishes to you and your families. We hope that you continue to navigate these most difficult times with strength, perseverance and the promise that we will all soon return to 'business as usual'.

Please note, the purpose of this email is not to go into detail about our office protocols during the current COVID- 19 response. We always have and will continue to maintain the highest level of aseptic and sterilization techniques. Regarding our office hours, we are presently closed as a result of recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the American Dental Association. For patients with upcoming appointments, trust that we will communicate directly with you via phone call to reschedule them as we learn more about our current situation.

For the time being, we want to extend to you, our patients, the helping hand you need during these times for all things dental. While we may be limited in terms of office hours and available services, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt remain available to you via other modalities. For example, we ask that you please find and follow our social media pages, pinnixandbetancourt on Instagram, Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney on Facebook, and @BlakeneySmiles on Twitter. We will use these social media outlets as a means of communication and also a way to provide a Question & Answer forum for general questions anyone may have.

For personal/private needs related to ongoing treatment or your dental health, we will be available to schedule a virtual consultation. This may be accomplished via FaceTime, Zoom meeting or other platform whereby we may have a face to face encounter. These will be available to you, our patient, as a courtesy.

These are unprecedented times for us all. We strive to be on the front edge of the capabilities and service we provide our patients. Much of that depends on our availability and communication. We are here and we will, across any medium possible, provide the guidance you need during these difficult times. We ask that you please reach out to us either via email to the office (, one of our social media platforms, or our phone line from which you can leave a message. We will make every effort possible to get back to you in a timely manner.

From Drs. Pinnix, Betancourt and our entire staff at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we hope you and your families manage the COVID-19 pandemic with an abundance of care, caution and respect for the well being of our community.


Drs. John M. Pinnix, George A. Betancourt and the staff of Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney


Over 50 percent of adults in the United States suffer from periodontal (gum) disease. If you are among the many patients dealing with sensitive, bleeding gums or lingering bad breath, Drs. John M. Pinnix and George A. Betancourt can provide scaling and root planing treatments at our Charlotte, NC, practice. This deep cleaning procedure is one of the most effective methods for eliminating gum disease before it becomes severe and requires more extensive treatment. Reach out today to learn more about how scaling and root planing can help you regain your oral health.

An illustration of a scaling and root planing procedure

Treating Gum Disease in its Earliest Stages

Scaling and root planing is a common treatment for moderate cases of periodontal disease. Gum disease occurs when plaque builds up on teeth and causes severe inflammation of oral tissues, tooth roots, and sometimes even the jawbone. This often results in bleeding when brushing and flossing. When left untreated, the gums can begin to pull away from the teeth, exposing the sensitive tooth roots and eventually leading to tooth loss.

Deep cleaning is performed to eliminate settled plaque from the teeth and gums, as well as prevent future inflammation. Attentive dental care at home and regular cleanings are typically sufficient to prevent periodontal disease. However, patients who have not had their routine cleanings in some time are the most common candidates for scaling and root planing.

What to Expect During the Procedure

Depending on the severity of your case, Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt may administer a local anesthetic before beginning your procedure to minimize any potential discomfort. Sedation dentistry is available if you feel especially nervous. During your deep cleaning, your dentist will use manual or ultrasonic instruments to remove all of the built up plaque and tartar from your teeth, both above and below the gum line. Once your teeth and their supporting structures have been sufficiently cleaned, your doctor will begin to smooth out any rough surfaces along the tooth roots to prevent plaque from adhering to them in the future. While scaling and root planing are usually performed together during a deep cleaning, less severe cases may only require scaling.

Post-procedural Care

Following your scaling and root planing procedure, your doctor may recommend an antibacterial mouthwash to help prevent any future buildup of plaque. It is very important to brush and floss your teeth regularly to help prevent any recurrence of periodontal disease. We also recommend that you discontinue all use of tobacco because smoking or using chewing tobacco reduces your ability to fight infection and increases the likelihood of developing or exacerbating gum disease. Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt may have you come in for a follow-up appointment to confirm that your teeth and gums are remaining healthy. You will also likely require regular cleanings more often following your scaling and root planing procedure, with each visit typically spaced about three months apart.

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At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we strive to enhance our patients’ quality of life through exceptional oral care. To learn more about how scaling and root planing can restore your oral health, contact our practice today.

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8918 Blakeney Professional Dr
Ste 100
Charlotte, NC 28277

Open Today 8:00am - 4:00pm