The best way to maintain good oral health is with twice-daily brushing and flossing. However, even the most proficient brushing can’t compete with regular, professional deep cleaning. This is why it is important to schedule deep cleaning with your dentist at least twice a year. A convenient way to do this is to get it done during your regular checkup.
A deep cleaning from your dentist can achieve far better results than we ever could at home. Using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, your dentist can remove plaque and tartar buildup that is often missed by even the most advanced home-use toothbrushes. This can help with many issues, such as gingivitis or gum disease, by removing tartar from below the gumline, thereby helping to treat and prevent gum infections.
Prevention is the best method of maintaining a good standard of oral hygiene. Deep cleaning helps in the prevention effort, reducing the need for future dental treatments that can be costly and painful.
How is a Deep Cleaning Different Than the Normal Cleaning?
A deep cleaning is slightly different than a standard clean and polish, although the two can often be performed at the same time. During a deep cleaning, the dentist will use a technique called root planing. This smooths the surface of the tooth and removes potential infection from your tooth structure. If you have the beginnings of gum disease or gingivitis, this technique can clean the area below the gumline, leaving a smooth surface. This allows the gum to heal and helps to prevent the gums from receding or any disease from worsening.
The process can be a little uncomfortable at times, depending on the extent of the damage or the amount of cleaning required. If you are worried about this, or wish to discuss options to help reduce discomfort, don’t be afraid to discuss it with your dentist prior to treatment.
Following a deep cleaning, your teeth may feel a little sensitive to temperature, and you may experience a little tenderness. Over-the-counters painkillers like ibuprofen are really effective at helping, if you experience any soreness or discomfort. It is also advised you brush more gently at first in case there are any tender areas.
To discuss booking a deep cleaning service and to answer any questions you may have regarding your oral hygiene and dental health, contact your dentist, today, for advice and to book an appointment.