Do I really need a deep cleaning?

During routine dental visits, patients will not only have an examination done with x-rays and a physical evaluation, but they will also have a deep cleaning performed by our dental hygienists. Many patients ask, do I really need a deep cleaning? What is it and why is it important? The team of Gentle Family Dentistry and Implant Center describe the purpose of these cleanings and why they should be done regularly for better oral health.

What is a deep cleaning?

A deep cleaning may refer to one of two types of dental cleanings. The first is a general cleaning performed during routine dental evaluations. This cleaning removes plaque from the teeth, while cleaning along the gum line and around the teeth. A deeper cleaning, called “scaling and root planing,” is more aggressive and removes plaque, tartar, and calculus from not only the visible tooth surfaces, but the roots of the teeth underneath the gums. This type of cleaning may be done over the course of several visits, depending on how severe the patient’s gum disease has become. These cleanings are highly effective at improving oral health while also reducing the risk of losing tissues, bone, and natural teeth.

When do I need a deep cleaning?

Routine deep cleanings done during regular dental visits should be done every six months. At the same time, the dental team may take x-rays and evaluate the patient for other treatments that may need to be done, including cosmetic work that patients may desire. Scaling and root planing may be performed on an as-needed basis, especially if patients are struggling with periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infection that can develop and cannot be cured, but it can be controlled and maintained with regular dental visits to our practice.

Do I really need a deep cleaning?

Absolutely! The team of Gentle Family Dentistry and Implant Center encourages patients of the Allentown and Bethlehem, PA area to see their dentist regularly for cleanings and examinations. Call one of our office locations to book your first evaluation and cleaning and get started working with our dedicated team of providers here to help you achieve and maintain oral health and wellness with comprehensive care.

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