If your dentist recommends deep cleaning for your teeth, this can mean you’re showing early signs of gum disease.
Gum disease can be prevented and cured. It happens when gums pull away from your teeth, developing pockets where bacteria may thrive. The depth of the gum pocket and the number of affected teeth vary. In severe cases, your entire mouth may be affected.
Gum disease is triggered by poor oral hygiene. Not keeping up with your regular dental cleaning can also be another culprit. Patients with medical conditions, such as diabetes, can also be more vulnerable to picking up gum disease.
Here at Dentistry at Clarkson Village Shoppes, one treatment we use to treat gum disease is deep cleaning.
What is Deep Cleaning?
Deep cleaning involves two processes. First is scaling and the other is root planing.
Usually, your dentist or hygienist numbs the treatment area first. During scaling, plaque and tartar from your teeth surfaces are removed. Pockets between your teeth and gums are also cleaned.
During root planing, meanwhile, your dental hygienist uses a scaling instrument to target plaque and tartar located on the surface of your tooth roots. Deep cleaning can be completed in a minimum of two dental visits.
It’s crucial to return to the dental office for follow-up checks. This is to ensure that the pockets are gone and that your gums and teeth are in good condition.
What’s the Difference Between Regular Cleanings and Deep Cleaning?
Regular cleanings target areas above your gum line deep cleaning is done mostly below the gumline. Regular cleanings may release bacteria into your body. When you’re having deep cleanings, on the other hand, bacteria thriving in your mouth are removed.
Why is Deep Cleaning Important?
Bacteria on your gum line can’t be removed by ordinary brushing and flossing. Even regular dental cleanings may not be enough.
You may notice inflammation on your gum line, which is a sign your immune system is fighting the bacterial infection away. However, your body may need help to get rid of the bacteria in your mouth.
This is where deep cleaning comes in. If the bacterial infection is not treated, it may progress and result in tooth or bone loss.
What Happens After Getting Deep Cleanings
Recovering following getting deep cleanings is simple. Your dentist or hygienist will give you aftercare instructions. They might also recommend an antibiotic or pain reliever, which you can use to help ease any discomfort.
You’ll also be advised when you can return to your normal oral hygiene routine. Chances are they’ll also schedule your next check-up to check how your mouth is recovering.
While gum disease is curable, it will still require regular dental visits to track the condition of your mouth. Your dental team will also check whether bacteria are gone for good and if your gums are healing well. If you’re vulnerable to gum disease, you may be asked to visit the dental office more frequently.
Schedule Deep Cleaning Appointment Today
To maintain your healthy smile, you need to ensure your teeth are receiving the care they need. This includes regular dental cleanings and deep cleanings.
Note: If you are considering any form of teeth whitening you should have your teeth cleaned first.
Let’s check the condition of your teeth and gums. It’s always better to detect dental issues at their early stages, while they don’t need complex treatments yet.