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A deep cleaning is also known as scaling and root planing. While this may sound scary, it's actually a simple and common procedure.
Like a typical dental cleaning, your periodontist scrapes away tartar. But in deep cleaning, we get to tartar and rough spots below the gumline on your teeth roots.
Everyone knows the basics of home dental care: twice daily brushing and flossing, twice yearly visits to your dentist for cleaning.
But if you have a history of gum disease or if your teeth are at risk for periodontitis, you may also need deep cleaning from a periodontist.
- Poor oral health care
Scaling and root planing can be used as early intervention and as maintenance after treatment for gum disease.
Better breath: One of the biggest (and most common) signs of periondontal disease is bad breath (also known as halitosis). Bacteria and food particles cause a bad odor in the oral cavity. Scaling and root planing helps get rid of this.
Bleeding Gums: When plaque and tartar build up on the teeth, the gums get swollen and bleeding can occur when brushing, flossing, and/or eating. Scaling and root planing removes the plaque and tartar, allowing the gums to heal and bleeding to stop.
Tooth protection: A bigger risk of periodontal diseas is present when gum pockets get to be deeper than 3mm because they house more bacteria. As more bacteria builds up, a chronic inflammatory response destroys gingival and bone tissue. Scaling and root planing helps get rid of this bacteria.
Disease prevention: The oral bacteria that causes gum disease can travel to other parts of the body via your bloodstream. Scaling and root planing helps remove the bacteria and keeps gum disease from worsening.