Preventing Tooth Decay To Maintain Healthy Teeth

Do You Need A Deep Dental Cleaning?

Most people have their teeth cleaned twice per year. While this usually suffices along an excellent oral health routine. Some people need a different type of cleaning. Instead of a standard routine cleaning, you may need a deep dental cleaning. What is involved in deep cleaning, and what are the indicators that you need one? Read on for more information. 

What Is A Deep Dental Cleaning?

A deep dental cleaning, or scaling and root planing of your teeth, is often recommended when bacteria has invaded your gum line and you are showing signs of gum disease.

During routine cleanings, your dentist or hygienist focuses on cleaning your teeth at and above your gum line. They remove any plaque and tartar present. Your dental staff will also perform a more in-depth cleaning than they do with routine dental cleanings. They use a special technique to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from your gum line down to the roots of your teeth. 

Because this is a very invasive procedure, your dentist may schedule you for more than one visit to have it done. Most dentists typically only perform deep cleanings on half of your mouth at a time. If you have advanced periodontal disease, they may only be willing to clean a quarter of your mouth at a time.

This scaling and root planing cleans and helps heal the pockets the bacteria have created around your teeth. Removing the bacteria also helps to stop the progression of gum disease and tooth loss. The procedures start you on your way to healthier teeth and gums.

What Are The Signs Of Needing A Deep Dental Cleaning?

Gum disease often does not come with pain or show visible signs until it is advanced. While your dentist may be able to see signs of potential gum disease, they may not be visible to you. Some everyday things you may experience with gum disease include:

  • Halitosis or bad breath
  • Constant bad taste in your mouth
  • Easily bleeding gums
  • Swollen, red, or tender gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gums

Your dentist may also notice deep pockets in the gums surrounding your teeth. Deep dental cleanings can help clean these pockets, clear up bacterial infections, and promote healing and recoherence of the gums to your teeth. Sometimes your dental professionals will apply an antibiotic gel during the cleaning or order a special antibiotic mouth rinse following the procedure. 

For more information about dental cleanings, reach out to a local clinic.