Many people think dental professionals recommend deep teeth cleaning for only people who do not brush their teeth enough or people with a poor oral hygiene routine. However, deep cleaning for the teeth is a dental procedure for treating periodontal and gum disease. Research shows that deep cleaning is necessary for people who experience chronic periodontitis.
What is Deep Teeth Cleaning?
Deep teeth cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, is a dental procedure that involves removing plaque and tartar buildup from below the gumline and smoothing the surface of the roots of the teeth to prevent future buildup and inflammation. This procedure is usually done for patients with gum disease and is typically performed by a dentist or dental hygienist.
Who is suitable for Teeth Deep Cleaning?
Anyone who has a buildup of plaque and tartar on their teeth may benefit from a deep cleaning. This includes individuals who have not had regular dental cleanings, those who have poor oral hygiene habits, and those with a history of gum disease or gingivitis. People with certain medical conditions such as diabetes or those who smoke or use tobacco products may also be more susceptible to the buildup of plaque and tartar and may benefit from a deep cleaning. It is best to consult with a dentist to determine if a deep cleaning is necessary for your specific needs.
When is deep cleaning necessary?
The gum tissues and bones surrounding the teeth fit snugly, but these gum tissues and bones get damaged when you have periodontal disease, forming pockets around the teeth. Overtime the pockets get deeper, creating a breeding spot for bacteria, which may cause loss of the gum tissues and bone. If excess bones get lost, your dental professional may recommend a tooth extraction.
During the dental examination, the dentist will measure the depth of the pockets resulting from tissue and bone damage. If the pockets are deep, you will need a deep dental cleaning as at-home oral care will be insufficient to restore your teeth and gum tissues.
What does deep cleaning involve?
Teeth deep cleaning involves two stages – scaling and root planing.
In scaling, the dental professional will remove all tartar and plaque that have accumulated below the gum line and clean the pockets to the bottom.
In this step, the dental professional will smoothen out the teeth roots to allow reattachment of the gums to the teeth.
A deep cleaning procedure may take more than one visit to the dentist.
Advantages of Deep Cleaning Teeth
- Improved oral health: Deep cleaning teeth can significantly improve the overall health of your teeth and gums by removing plaque and tartar buildup.
- Reduced risk of gum disease: By removing plaque and tartar buildup, deep cleaning teeth can decrease the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
- Fresher breath: Deep cleaning teeth can help improve bad breath caused by plaque and tartar buildup.
- Preventative care: Deep cleaning teeth can help prevent future dental problems and the need for more extensive and costly procedures.
Oral deep cleaning aftercare
After your teeth deep cleaning, bacteria will not be in the pockets, but your gum tissues may feel sensitive. Your dental professional will give you instructions on how to care for your teeth in the following weeks. However, be careful with how you brush your teeth and what you eat. You may also need to use a prescribed mouth rinse to reduce bacteria in your mouth and visit the dental practice within a couple of months for a check-up.
Most people find deep cleaning to be a big deal, but it’s an effective procedure that removes tartar and infection to allow the gums to heal. Preparing yourself mentally for the procedure is the first step towards healthier gum and better oral health.
Ensure you visit your dentist regularly for check-ups as this can avoid bacterial infections that may leave pockets requiring deep cleaning.
For your regular dental check-ups, teeth cleaning and deep cleaning, call on 020 31375055 to schedule a hygienist appointment near you.