Deep cleaning is a procedure that cleans between the gums and teeth down to the roots. It also may be referred to as gum therapy.
A deep cleaning cleans the tooth, gum line and sides of the teeth just like a regular cleaning. But unlike the regular cleaning, the deep cleaning removes tartar buildup below the gum line to the root of the tooth. Sometimes referred to as a "root planing and scaling", this treatment process may require several visits. More extensive than a standard cleaning, a deep cleaning treats gum disease and stops it from becoming worse.
Inconsistent tooth brushing or a genetic predisposition to gum disease may result in gum disease. You may have gingivitis if your gums are red, swollen, and bleed easily when touched. If left untreated, gingivitis can result in periodontal disease, a gum and bone infection which can lead to eventual tooth loss.
X-rays and pocket depth readings are useful in determining if infection is present in the mouth. If there is evidence of infection, a deep cleaning may be required with the goal of preventing gum disease from progressing.
Ask the professionals at All People Dentistry if you need to have a deep cleaning. Should you need a deep cleaning, you are not alone. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, nearly half of adults have needed deep cleaning. Also, ongoing research indicates a direct link between the progression of gum disease and the development of more serious health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, dementia and more.
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