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If you are like most, going to the dentist is not high on your list of priorities. You might not want to hear your dentist suggest a deep teeth cleaning. What’s the difference between a routine cleaning and deep teeth cleaning? Is it even necessary to go the extra mile if you come in at least once a year? The answer is yes, absolutely! But why?

Let’s Discuss What A Deep Teeth Cleaning Is…

Dental deep cleaning, sometimes called gum therapy is a necessary treatment that cleans deep between the gums and teeth all the way to the roots. Just like a routine cleaning, your dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth on all sides and gum lines. However, deep teeth cleaning goes beyond a basic clean. The dentist or hygienist will also work to remove tartar buildup beneath the gum line to the root of the tooth so that the entire tooth is thoroughly cleaned. This process is often referred to as ‘root planing and scaling.’ In some instances, you may need to visit the office multiple times to complete the treatment entirely. It is far more extensive than your average routine cleaning and was designed specifically to treat gum disease and prevent it from worsening.

What’s The Difference Between A Routine Cleaning And Deep Teeth Cleaning? 

Our mouths are filled with bacteria and plaque. Gross, huh? This is why it is important that we make it a habit to brush and floss at least two times a day. Routine exams and cleanings are essential as they help to remove the plaque that builds up on our teeth every single day. The majority of this plaque build up can be found near our gum line, which tends to get forgotten about when we are brushing our teeth. As plaque hardens, it becomes tartar and this is why hygienists focuses on in a routine cleaning.

If you aren’t brushing your teeth as you should or have a family history of gum disease, your gums might show signs of gingivitis. Signs of gingivitis include red and swollen gums that bleed easily when touched or rubbed with a toothbrush. If this is not treated, it can lead to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum and bone that are supporting your teeth, eventually your tooth or several teeth may fall out.

In order to determine if you have an existing infection, your dentist will consider doing x-rays or pocket depth readings. Should evidence of this infection present itself, you will need to complete interceptive gum therapy in an effort to prevent the disease from progressing. If you hear your hygienist calling out 4, 5, or 6, know that it is time to take action and get your deep teeth cleaning.

A routine cleaning and a deep teeth cleaning are two very different treatments with different goals. Regular cleanings were created as preventative maintenance to help us keep our teeth and gums looking and feeling good. The purpose of a deep teeth cleaning is to prevent periodontal disease from progressing– there really is no way to compare them side by side as they serve different purposes.

Do You Actually Need A Deep Teeth Cleaning?

The only way you will know is by consulting with your dentist or hygienist. If you go to the dentist and you discover significant pockets, those measuring 4mm or above, then you are at risk for, or are in the stages of, periodontal disease. This would make you eligible for a deep teeth cleaning. Not only are you a good candidate for this therapy but it is recommended as it can help stop and prevent the progression of periodontal disease. Avoiding treatment can cause the bacteria that created those large pockets in your gums to continue creating plaque, tartar, bone loss, and eventually tooth loss.

Did you know that approximately half of all adults in America suffer from gum disease? Research has shown that there is a direct link between the progression of gum disease and the development of more severe illnesses, these include dementia, diabetes, and even heart disease. So if you find yourself needing a deep teeth cleaning, know that you are not alone– you are the 1 in 2. And with your overall health in mind, it should be a no brainer to get ahead of this.

We want to encourage you to take the necessary measures to prevent gum disease. Call today to schedule an appointment. But don’t just leave saying you will get to their suggestions when you get the chance. Tooth and gum health is important so take their advice and follow through with the plan created specifically for you.

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About Torbeck Dental

Torbeck Dental treats every patient with dignity and excellent care. We are highly trained dental professionals with exceptionally friendly and helpful service. We understand that for many, visiting a dentist can be a stressful experience so our comfortable surroundings and compassionate staff will ease any fears you may have. We are here to help you achieve your happiest and healthiest smile! Our dental team are a group of experienced professionals using the latest treatments. Our team has the professional experience to realize that there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all treatment, so we never use a one-size-fits-all approach to your dental plan. We provide quality and personalized oral health care while keeping your individuality in mind. Our goal is to improve and maintain your oral health so you can smile with confidence!