Deep Cleaning

Do you need a deep cleaning of your teeth?

Not everyone goes to the dentist as often as they should. It is recommended that you get a checkup every six months. But if you are not going as frequently as you should then perhaps a deep cleaning is a good option for you. You may think you need a deep cleaning after drinking very dark colored liquids such as wine or coffee. But a deep cleaning is a very specific procedure that your dental hygienist does to treat gum disease and periodontal disease. It is more likely to be completed because someone has not kept up the recommended visits to see the dentist.

Do you need a deep cleaning?

Your dental hygienist will use a probe to measure the area around your teeth to see if you have pocketing (The area between your tooth and the gum where bacteria will collect and grow). If the area between the teeth and gum are greater than five millimeters then it is called pocketing. Normal pockets are only about three millimeters. Should you have pocketing, reaching the five millimeter depth, you dentist may prescribe deep scaling and root planning.

What is the process?

Scaling and root planning is also known in the dental industry as deep cleaning. Your dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar build-up on the surface of the teeth and from the pocket area. There are a few options for tools that your dental hygienist may use to do the scaling.

Root planning is a process that your dental hygienist will use to remove plaque and tartar build-up at the surface of the root of your teeth. You will need to have a minimum of two visits to complete the visit. Then another follow-up visit will determine if your teeth’s health is improving and the pocketing is gone.

What to do after a deep cleaning.

The bacteria has been removed during this process. Over the course of the next few weeks the gum’s health should improve and become healthier. The individual will still need to do regular oral hygiene to continue to improve the health of the teeth and gums.

If the deep cleaning and appropriate oral care are not enough to reverse the pocketing then it will be recommended to visit a periodontist.

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