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ROOT. That part of a tree or plant under ground from which it draws most of its nourishment from the earth.
     2. When the roots of a tree planted in one man's land extend into that of another, this circumstance does not give the latter any right to the tree, though such is the doctrine of the civil law; Dig. 41, 1, 7, 13; but such person has a right to cut off the roots up to his line. Rolle's R. 394, vide Tree.
     3. In a figurative sense, the term root is used to signify the person from whom one or more others are descended. Vide Descent; Per stirpes.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Tabanella presents a case study of a tooth fracture associated with excessive and multiple sessions of scaling and root planing during maintenance therapy following treatment for periodontitis.
After a period of 15 days, full mouth root planing was done, and oral hygiene instructions were given.
Supragingival and subgingival scaling and root planing were performed using the hand and ultrasonic instrumentation.
Comment: In this study, vitamin E supplementation, when used as an adjunct to scaling and root planing, improved chronic periodontitis.
Moreover, research suggests that in patients with periodontitis during the second trimester, deep instrumental cleaning, known among dentists as scaling and root planing, may substantially lower the risk of preterm delivery.
IF you suffer from periodontitis you now have a proven home-care breakthrough to help you avoid gum surgery, root planing and dentures.
Furthermore, after treatment with scaling and root planing (SRP) in generalized cases, the disease is often reduced to a few local areas in the patient's mouth.
A study evaluated the clinical and microbiological effects on chronic periodontitis patients with complete oral prophylaxis (Scaling and Root Planing) followed by dietary supplement of CoQ10 (Oxyfresh, USA) for 4 months of time period.
Thirty patients with chronic periodontitis and moderately deep pockets were treated with scaling and root planing and were randomly assigned to receive, in double-blind fashion, probiotic lozenges twice a day (morning and evening after toothbrushing) or placebo lozenges for 3 weeks.