Let’s Talk About Periodontal Deep Cleaning
So, you’re getting your teeth cleaned biannually, brushing and flossing twice a day, you’re basically killing the oral hygiene game. But what are you doing for your teeth below the gum line? The good news is if you’re doing all those things we just said, you’re probably covered and won’t need a deep cleaning. However, if you’re not (and that’s okay because we’re not perfect), or are missing something, we’re here to help. This week’s blog is all about deep cleaning. What it is and how you’ll know if you need one.
What is a deep cleaning? Deep cleanings are exactly as they sound. Dentists scrape away plaque and tartar that has built up below the gum line. They may also reshape teeth to eliminate the bumps and grooves where all that gunk is likely to return. Seem intense? Your dentist will numb your mouth for this procedure, leaving you to sit back and relax (or at least try to).
In gum disease, the tissues holding the teeth in place separate away from the teeth, which allows plaque and tartar to build up around the teeth and harmful bacteria an entry to the rest of the body. Deep cleanings can provide a short term solution for people with gum disease. After the first cleaning, you’ll likely have to keep returning for maintenance every so often but in longer intervals than a normal teeth cleaning.
You may be asking, “So how do I know I’m due for a deep cleaning?” The short answer is you won’t. Your dentist is the best person to confirm this for you. If you feel inflammation in your gums, this may be a red flag. Resist the urge to self-diagnose and make an appointment to consult your dentist today!