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Is Deep Teeth Cleaning Worth It?

22/01/2022

Visiting your dentist twice a year for your routine check-ups and dental cleanings is essential for maintaining good oral health and preventing bad bacteria from spreading throughout your mouth. Whether you have a very strict dental hygiene routine or could be brushing your teeth more than you should, your dentist may recommend a deep clean.

Reasons your dentist may think you need a deep clean are:

  • Your gums bleed when you brush
  • Your gums are receding
  • You have loose teeth
  • You have tartar build up under the gumline

A deep clean is far more thorough than your regular cleaning you experience at the dentist. Commonly known as periodontal scaling or root planning, deep cleaning involves cleaning deep under the gumline and in-between the pockets of your teeth. During this process your dentist will remove any food debris, plaque or tartar that may be present under the gumline that may be irritating your gums and causing your symptoms. This process helps smooth out the surface of your teeth and help the gums reattach.

The main benefits of deep cleaning are:

  • Stops gum disease advancing
  • Treats any existing infections
  • Eliminates bad breath
  • Promotes healthy gums
  • Prevents tooth loss

Some patients report slight pain or sensitivity in their teeth after deep cleaning but this is completely normal. You can request numbing gel before your treatment to ease the tenderness. Your teeth should feel back to normal after 24 hours.

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