Do I Really Need a Deep Teeth Cleaning?

After measuring your gums, your dentist tells you that you will need a deep teeth cleaning. You may wonder, “Do I really need a deep teeth cleaning?” The short answer is yes! Let us explain.

What is a Deep Teeth Cleaning?

Sometimes called “scaling and root planing”, a hygienist or dentist will remove tartar beneath the gums, along the tooth’s root. This is unlike a regular cleaning in which teeth are cleaning above the gums. Since a deep cleaning is designed to stop the process of periodontal disease, several visits of deep cleanings may be required until the gums are fully healthy.

Is it Really Necessary?

By observing dental x-rays and pocket depth readings, a dentist and hygienist are able to understand the health of your gums. While listening to the reading of your pocket depths, you want to hear 1’s, 2’s, and 3’s. However, if you hear 4’s, 5’s, or 6’s then you can be pretty certain that you will need more than just a regular cleaning. It likely means that you have, or at least are in the early stages of, Gingivitis or Periodontal Disease.

Only a dentist or a hygienist has the proper tools to remove the bacteria and tartar causing this infection. Left untreated, the bacteria that caused the deep pockets will continue to create plaque, tartar, and bone loss. Therefore, if you do not want the situation to worsen, listen to your dental professionals.

Prevent More Problems!

We encourage you to take care of your oral health! After all, according to the American Academy of Periodontology, nearly half of adult Americans suffer from gum disease. And remember- your oral health affects your overall health too!