You know that regularly scheduled professional dental cleanings remove plaque from your teeth and keep your mouth healthy, but are you aware of how you may benefit from a deep dental cleaning? Many people successfully maintain good oral hygiene and prevent tooth decay and gum disease with at-home brushing and flossing along with professional dental cleanings every six months, but others need a bit more professional attention.
When an evaluation of your gums determines that you need additional treatment for your best oral health, a deep dental cleaning can help you get back on track. Take a minute to learn what’s entailed in deep dental cleaning and why you might need one.
Deep cleaning removes plaque and tartar from below your gum line
When you have plaque buildup on your teeth close to your gum line, this sticky film attracts bacteria and can cause your gums to become red and inflamed — the early signs of gum disease. When you don’t effectively remove this plaque through brushing and flossing, your gums can pull away from your teeth and form pockets where the plaque becomes trapped. Neither regular brushing nor a professional dental cleaning can remove this trapped plaque, and that’s where scaling and root planing comes in.
During a deep dental cleaning, plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) are removed from pockets that have formed below your gum line. Called scaling, this process is the first step in your dental cleaning treatment. Once scaling is complete, you are ready for root planing, in which the root of each tooth is smoothed out. This helps your gums reattach to your teeth in the areas where they have receded.
Scaling and root planing sometimes require more than one office visit, and you might also need a local anesthetic. But deep clean is necessary in reversing the progression of gum disease from which can lead to tooth loss.
How we determine if you need deep cleaning
Not everyone needs a deep dental cleaning. When you come in for your checkup, your hygienist uses a probe to measure the area around your teeth to determine if your gums are forming pockets.
If the depth of your gum tissue between your teeth measures 5 millimeters or more, it’s considered a pocket. Ideally, you shouldn’t have any pockets of gum tissue more than 3 millimeters deep. If the pockets are more than 5 millimeters, Dr. Bock may recommend a deep dental cleaning.
After a deep dental cleaning, Dr. Bock may prescribe special cleaning instructions, such as using an electric toothbrush or a medicated mouth rinse to help your gums recover.
Stop gum disease before it progresses
If you have the early stages of gum disease or gingivitis, you may already have such unpleasant symptoms as:
- Red, inflamed gum tissue
- Bleeding gums after brushing
- Pain when chewing
- Bad breath
- Sensitive gums and teeth
Nipping these symptoms in the bud means treating them early so you can prevent gum disease from progressing. A thorough deep dental cleaning can do just that.
If you’re experiencing any signs of gum disease, or if it’s been longer than a year since you’ve had a dental checkup and professional cleaning, call Cityview Dental Arts at (309) 432-5483 or request an appointment online.