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While dental deep cleaning sounds like a complicated procedure, it’s really not. It’s what every person should get if they haven’t been to their annual checkups at the dentist. If you want to keep your teeth clean and maintain your dental hygiene, you should make sure to go to your dentist every 6 months.

During these visits, the dentist will clean your teeth and remove built up plaque. Those who keep missing these appointments need a procedure called dental deep cleaning. This is a prophylactic procedure aimed at keeping your teeth in good shape and preventing infections and decay.

Dental Deep Cleaning: The Process

When you visit the dentist, a probe will be used to measure the depth of the pockets between your teeth and gum tissue. Ideally, pockets should be 3 millimeters or less in depth. Pockets that are greater than 5 millimeters pose a greater risk of harboring bacteria which could cause trouble.

Another name for deep dental cleaning is scaling and root planning. During scaling, built up plaque and tartar are removed from the pockets mentioned earlier and the surfaces of teeth. Unfortunately, plaque and tartar can’t be removed at home and by brushing your teeth. They’re made of hard collections of bacteria. They might not cause damage, but it’s always better to eliminate bacteria from the mouth.

Root planning is more complicated as it entails removing build up near the roots. Dental deep cleaning, or scaling and root planning, takes at least two visits to be done thoroughly. Patients might be advised to come in for a follow up visit so Dr. Shaggy can make sure that everything went smoothly.

What Next?

Now that your teeth are free from build up and any plaque or tartar, your gums and teeth should start to feel and look healthier. The best way to keep them that way is to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once per day. You should also prioritize visiting your dentist at least once every 6 months.

During these visits, your teeth will be examined and cleaned. Any small build up detected during checkups can easily be removed. Using mouthwash can also be a good idea, but brushing and flossing are mandatory. Not taking good care of your dental hygiene will lead to recurrence of the problems and repeated treatments and that isn’t something most patients want.

Patients who haven’t been to see a dentist in years might experience periodontal disease which is inflammation of the gums and tissues that surround teeth. Topical antibiotics gels and creams might be used in conjunction with deep cleaning to treat periodontal disease. More visits to the dentist will be required too. The best way to avoid all of this is to take good care of your teeth at home and visit the dentist when you’re supposed to.

Not everyone requires dental deep cleaning and most people respond well to it. If you have any questions or inquiries, we’d be happy to talk to you.