Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter, Florida
The phrase “dental deep cleaning” may conjure images of an intense, lengthy, and uncomfortable process for patients. In reality, however, a deep cleaning is a fairly common procedure in dentistry that can help protect you against the development of a potential case of gum disease.
At PGA Smiles, your local Palm Beach Gardens dentist offers two types of dental cleanings: regular dental cleaning or a dental deep cleaning. Use the information in this blog to determine which procedure is right for you, although a consultation with us during your checkup can also determine which type of cleaning you need. Remember that the American Dental Association recommends each person have his or her teeth cleaned by an oral health professional every six months.
The difference between a dental cleaning and a dental deep cleaning
A standard dental cleaning eliminates all the plaque and tartar from the entire surfaces of your teeth, and around your gum line. One of our dental hygienists uses their professional training and advanced tools to clean areas that are impossible to reach with your toothbrush or floss. This type of cleaning is ideal for patients with mild cases of tartar buildup, and usually is used when no gum disease is present.
A dental deep cleaning involves two components: scaling and root planing. Ideal for patients with moderate to severe levels of tartar buildup or for those with gum disease, this cleaning removes the tartar and plaque from the teeth, as well as the periodontal or gum pockets that form around teeth as a result of gum disease. Advances in dental technology make it easier than ever to undergo a dental deep cleaning. At PGA Smiles, your hygienist may use ultrasonic scaling tools to complete the procedure. In many cases, the root-planing portion of a dental deep cleaning is completed in two appointments at the dental office. Root planing involves using a specially designed scaler to smooth the roots of the teeth that have severe periodontal pockets full of bacteria. This process eliminates the bacteria that causes gum disease, and aids in the healing process so that the gums can reattach to the teeth.
The second visit will be a follow-up appointment, used to determine whether or not the condition of your teeth and gums are improving.
How to know if you need a dental deep cleaning
At your regular dental check-up, your hygienist will measure your gums to gauge the depth of your gum pockets that form around your teeth. If these pockets are at least 5 mm deep, this can be a strong indicator that you have developed gum disease, and a dental deep cleaning likely will be recommended to try and stop the further spread of gum disease.
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research recommends that these pockets should be 3 mm or less in patients with healthy gums.
A dental deep cleaning is not a cure-all
A dental deep cleaning puts you on the road to recovery from gum disease, but from there, you also are responsible for improving your dental health. That starts by maintaining a diligent regimen of oral hygiene, which should include brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. Your Palm Beach Gardens’ dentist also may recommend rinsing your mouth after meals with an anti-bacterial mouthwash to minimize the number of bacteria that are present in the mouth.
Dental Cleanings in Palm Beach Gardens
For more information on dental deep cleanings, or other treatments that the staff at PGA Smiles can perform to treat for gum disease or lower your risk of developing the ailment, call our office at (561) 627-7090 to schedule a consultation.
PGA Smiles is proud to provide comprehensive oral health care to patients in the areas of Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens in South Florida.