If you want your teeth to look their best and also to last as long as possible, the most important thing to do is to keep them clean. Proper brushing twice a day (morning and before going to bed), regular flossing, and visiting your dentist periodically (every 6 months), is all part of keeping your teeth healthy and bright.
During your regular dental checkup, aside from the fact that your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth for cavities and perform a routine cleaning, he/she will also examine your gum tissue. If your dentist finds out that your gum tissue is inflamed, he/she may recommend a dental deep cleaning.
If you didn’t know, one-third of total length of a tooth is actually ‘hidden’ underneath the surface of your gums. And this is the reason why your dentist may recommended a dental deep cleaning. While the regular teeth cleaning only removes plaque and bacteria above your gum tissue, dental deep cleaning involves scraping away the tartar buildup from below the surface of the gum tissue.
Dental deep cleaning is important and may be crucial for your oral health as it helps prevent gum disease, which can be painful and lead to tooth loss. It can also helps reduce sensitivity due to receding gums. In addition, gum disease has also been linked to other health problems, such as heart disease and stroke.
The earlier you start your treatment, the bigger your chances are to get rid of your condition without the need for surgical procedure. This will also minimize the risks of losing a tooth. In order to find out if you are a candidate for dental deep cleaning, your dentist will use a periodontal probe to measure the inflammation around each tooth and will also check for any signs of bleeding. If your dentist finds signs of periodontal disease like bleeding or gaps, dental deep cleaning is a must.
Usually, two visits are recommended to complete the whole procedure. This is to minimize the stress on your teeth and gums. Therefore, each half of your mouth will be cleaned during each visit. And although some patients may need a dental deep cleaning once in a year, others may only need it once or twice in their entire lifetime. After the completion of the treatment, your dentist may recommend regular check ups at intervals of three to four months.