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Do I Really Need a Deep Teeth Cleaning?

After learning you need a deep cleaning at the dentist, you may have some questions. For example, you may wonder, “Do I really need a deep teeth cleaning?” The short answer is yes! Let us explain.

What is a Deep Teeth Cleaning?

When a dentist or hygienist does a deep cleaning, it can also be termed as “scaling and root planing”. The name comes from how the teeth are cleaned. A dental professional will scrape away lingering tartar beneath the gums and along the tooth’s root. A regular cleaning on the other hand, remains above the gums. The goal of a deep cleaning is to prevent further spread of Periodontal Disease and therefore may require multiple visits.

Is it Really Necessary?

With the help of dental x-rays and pocket depth readings, a dentist or hygienist can make an informed cleaning recommendation. While listening to the reading of your pocket depths, if you hear 4’s, 5’s, or 6’s, then you can usually expect a deep cleaning. It likely means that you have, or at least are in the early stages of, Gingivitis or Periodontal Disease.

Only with the proper tools and a trained eye can the bacteria and tartar causing infection be removed. The longer plaque and tartar are left, the more chance of bone loss. Therefore, if you do not want the situation to worsen, take the leap and get a deep cleaning.

Prevent More Problems!

We encourage you to take care of your oral health! After all, according to the American Academy of Periodontology, nearly half of adult Americans suffer from gum disease. Did you know that your dental health effects your overall health?