What is a deep cleaning? Do I really need that?
A deep cleaning is a common name used when referring to a more intensive type of dental cleaning called Scaling and Root planing. Many adults in the U.S will have some type of gum disease at some point of their life. Periodontal disease or Periodontitis is a kind of gum condition that affects all the surrounding structures of the teeth. This includes bone, gums and ligaments that hold the teeth inside of the oral cavity. In the worst cases, teeth are lost.
Common symptom are:
- Bad breath
- Red and swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
Treatment for Periodontal disease include:
- Reducing risk factors such as smoking and uncontrolled diabetes.
- Improving oral hygiene habits at home (brushing two times a day and flossing at least once).
- Scaling and Root Planing (deep cleaning) : Scaling means scraping off the tartar from above and below the gum tissue. Root planning smoothes down the root surface of the tooth improving the chances of gum reattachment.
- Medications such as prescription mouth rinses, antibiotics, and enzyme suppressants.
In more severe cases of Periodontal disease the patient might need to be referred to a Periodontist. They are experts on the treatment of moderate to severe Periodontitis.
If there is any further questions regarding this common disease contact us at (480) 988-2282