What is a deep cleaning?
A deep teeth cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, is a thorough cleaning focused on removing any plaque, tartar and harmful bacteria from underneath the gum tissue. Deep teeth cleaning is a treatment for both gingivitis (the early stages of periodontal disease) and periodontal disease, which affects the gum and bone around each tooth. Leaving those conditions untreated can cause premature tooth loss among many other complications. At Southridge Dental, we treat each patient with the utmost care and specialize each deep cleaning treatment to provide the highest quality care and result possible. Since deep cleanings are often more involved than regular cleanings we want to ensure our patients’ comfort through the use of anesthetics and our comfort dentistry which includes warm blankets, soothing Pandora music and Netflix of the patients’ selection.
How is a deep cleaning different from a regular cleaning?
Regular cleanings are performed at consistent 6 month intervals and consist of maintaining the health of gums and minor cases of gingivitis. Deep teeth cleaning comes into play when a patient has an advanced case of gingivitis known as periodontal disease. This diagnosis comes when a patient has bone loss due to the tooth pulling away from the irritated gums to protect itself. Both gingivitis and periodontal disease can be caused by improper brushing techniques and lack of flossing. If a patient doesn’t receive a deep cleaning it can lead to bad breath, additional tooth loss and many more.
What does a deep cleaning appointment look like?
At a deep cleaning appointment, one of our skilled dental hygienists will determine the best course of action and proceed with the treatment. At Southridge Dental, we have a variety of tools and techniques at our disposal to ensure a thorough deep cleaning of any and all trouble areas. Oftentimes, we’ll only treat one half of the mouth at a time which can take anywhere from 1-2 hours. Once the bulk of the deep cleaning treatment as been completed, we will review oral hygiene techniques with you to help prevent buildup of plaque and maintain good oral health. After the initial meeting, the team at Southridge Dental will determine based on the individual patients’ needs how frequently they should be seen moving forward. Each following appointment will consist of one of our skilled hygienists monitoring and treating those areas of bone loss to prevent a relapse in gum health.
I have had a deep cleaning in the past, how do I avoid having another?
Deep teeth cleaning is required when your oral hygiene is less than ideal. Therefore, to combat the need for ongoing treatment there are several things you can do to improve your oral hygiene and health! Some of these include daily brushing and flossing twice per day, mouth washes using hydrogen peroxide, saline, alcohol or chlorhexidine, and regular dental check-ups. It’s also been discovered that powered toothbrushes work better than manual toothbrushes in reducing oral bacteria and the need for deep teeth cleaning.
Are your gums sore, red, swollen, feel loose or are you experiencing bleeding after brushing or flossing? If so, it is imperative you give us a call and schedule an exam and evaluation of your oral health needs. Call us today! (509) 581-0081