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Regular Dental Cleaning Vs. Deep Cleaning: What’s the Difference?

Establishing a vigilant at-home oral care routine is one of the simplest, cheapest and most effective ways to make sure your teeth remain strong, healthy and good-looking for a longer time. This routine should consist of regular brushing, flossing, tongue cleaning and mouthwash rinsing right after eating or at least three times a day. You probably already knew that but is it something you have made a habit of? If you are like most of our patients, that oral care routine has slipped over the years. Not to worry, Dr. Costes and Dr. Reed have some tips on at home oral care and deep cleaning solutions that will serve as preventative maintenance for your teeth. 

Let’s assume you have an impeccable tooth care routine. Sometimes, all that vigilance is still not enough to keep your teeth and gums free from bacteria and disease. While such discipline helps you control tartar buildup to a minimum level, you still most likely need to invest in regular dental cleaning performed at the dentist’s office as well. Routine cleaning is an important step in maintaining oral health because the procedure can access and thoroughly clean the areas that your toothbrush and floss can’t reach—those little spaces between your teeth and gums.  

Should Dr. Costes or Dr. Reed detect a larger or more serious presence of bacteria in your mouth, he may recommend that you undergo deep cleaning. What’s the difference if you pit regular dental cleaning vs. deep cleaning?

Deep Cleaning at The Dentist

Deep cleaning is prescribed if the dentist or dental hygienist sees the formation of “gum pockets,” or spaces between your teeth and gums. Gum pockets are usually caused by poor or improper dental hygiene. It is important to discover gum pockets early, because the longer they go unnoticed, the larger they become and harbor more infectious bacteria. Investing in annual periodontal evaluations is key to the prevention and early detection of gum pockets.  

Most dental care standards consider pockets with a depth of at least 4mm to be a sign of periodontal disease. If this is your case, your dentist will typically perform a series of additional tests to determine if you are a candidate for deep cleaning.

The deep cleaning process consists of scaling and root planing, which aim to remove the bacteria from the gum pockets. Scaling removes tartar and plaque on teeth surfaces, surrounding gums and inside the pocket areas. Root planing involves plaque and tartar removal focusing on the roots of the teeth. Typically, multiple sessions are required to completely remove bacteria buildup and minimize pocket depth.

By removing bacteria and preventing further formation of plaque and tartar, deep dental cleaning protects teeth from premature deterioration. It also prevents infection and oral disease, which can lead to serious, life-threatening complications. Maximize the benefits of deep cleaning by committing to a consistent and thorough oral care routine and visiting your dentist regularly.  

So as you can see, we recommend a regular bi-annual check up with your dentist. But if you come in for a visit, be sure to ask about whether you are a candidate for a deep cleaning. Horizon Family Dental will give you an honest opinion. If you live near Chino Valley, AZ or Prescott Valley, AZ, be sure to contact us to schedule your next dental cleaning.

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