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How a Professional Deep Cleaning Treats Gum Disease 

May 3 2022

Being diagnosed with gum disease is something that no one wants to hear. However, in the early stages of gingivitis, a professional deep cleaning, combined with good oral hygiene, may be able to treat and reverse gum disease. Here’s what you should know about how a professional deep cleaning treats gum disease, and how you can make an appointment for your professional deep cleaning today—

What Is a Professional Deep Dental Cleaning?

A professional deep cleaning is a type of professional dental procedure that seeks to clean teeth below the gum line. By cleaning hard-to-reach spots, like the pockets at the base of the teeth, the tartar and plaque that leads to bacterial infections are removed. 

The deep cleaning process usually starts with a physical assessment and x-rays. The dentist will use the results of these to determine the degree of gum disease and whether you have gingivitis or periodontitis. The most important part of a dental cleaning is the gum scaling and root planing. During the former, your dentist will use specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line; during root planing, your dentist will remove plaque that has formed on the roots of your teeth. The process is often done over two visits. 

When Is a Deep Clean Required?

Your dentist may insist upon a deep cleaning if you have gum disease or the early signs of gum disease. Some signs of gum disease include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Swelling gums
  • Bruising around the gums
  • Pain or soreness in the gums

How a Deep Cleaning Can Help to Treat and Prevent Gum Disease

When a person has gum disease, the disease causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, creating spaces or pockets where bacteria can grow. Without cleaning those pockets and removing bacteria, the gap can continue to widen, resulting in more severe gum disease, tooth decay, or tooth loss. The procedure can stop the advancement of gum disease and promote healing. 

Call Distinctive Dental Solutions Today

If you have questions about the differences between a regular dental cleaning and a deep cleaning or if you think that you may have the early signs of gum disease and may need a deep cleaning, call our office directly today. Our dentist is accepting new patients and will explain to you everything you need to know about dental deep cleanings. Reach out to us today by phone or online to get started.

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