What is “Deep Cleaning” and why would you need it you ask? Deep cleaning is generally recommended primarily if your mouth shows signs of gum disease. During a regular dental cleaning called “Scaling”, we remove plaque and tartar from your teeth above and below the gum line. Deep cleaning involves the same removal of tartar and plaque at and below the gum line as well as careful cleaning of the roots’ surfaces called “Root Planing”.
If we determine that good oral care at home isn’t enough to manage your mild case of gum disease called “Gingivitis“, we might recommend a deep cleaning. It is almost always the first line of treatment for the more advanced form of gum disease, called “Periodontitis”. Deep cleanings help patients avoid more drastic treatments for gum disease, which if left untreated could possibly lead to tooth loss.
You may experience soreness, tooth sensitivity or bleeding for a few days after a professional deep clean. Don’t hesitate to see us again for a follow-up appointment to check how well your gums are healing and the depth of your periodontal pockets.
To prevent the need for another deep cleaning, follow the basic steps to prevent gum disease.
Brush your teeth twice a day, be sure to eat a balanced diet, avoid tobacco and receive regular dental cleanings as recommended!