Do I Really Need A Deep Teeth Cleaning?

If you haven’t had a dental checkup recently, or you have gum disease that’s progressed past the earliest state (gingivitis), your dentist may recommend deep a teeth cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing. You may wonder why you need this procedure if you are not experiencing pain in your teeth or gums.

Deep teeth cleanings help repair the deterioration that happens when you don’t receive regular preventive cleanings. They can also help halt advancing gum disease and reduce the chance of suffering permanent consequences, such as tooth loss.


Who Can Benefit From A Deep Teeth Cleaning?

  1. If you have deep “pockets” that have formed between your teeth and gums. If you have space between your teeth and gums, you are at risk of harboring bacteria in these pockets. A deep cleaning will remove bacterial plaque and tartar from your teeth and from the pockets.
  2. If you have signs of chronic periodontal disease. Some of the symptoms of persistent gum disease include bleeding, tender or inflamed gums, bad breath, shifting permanent teeth, or a change in your bite.
  3. If you haven’t visited the dentist in years. No matter how meticulous your at-home oral care routine, missing preventive cleanings means that you miss out on having tartar (hardened bacterial plaque) removed from your teeth. A deep teeth cleaning will remove tartar and plaque on all of your natural teeth – above and below the gumline. It will also smooth out the roots of your teeth, allowing your gums to reattach themselves to your teeth.

Research confirms that deep teeth cleaning can benefit patients with chronic gum disease and may prevent further damage to the teeth or gums,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix and founder of Dr. Carol Ford & Associates. “Our staff is happy to evaluate your situation and discuss whether you would benefit from a scaling and root planing.”


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