What is a Deep Cleaning?
To treat periodontal disease, we suggest getting a deep cleaning. The hygienist or dentist will help remove the plaque and calculus that have built up since your last visit. Because these cleanings are extensive, it may be necessary to numb the area before starting on the treatment. There are four quadrants in the mouth, and it is usually recommended to do the deep cleanings two quadrants at a time, so that only one side of your mouth is numb. A second appointment would then be scheduled to do the upper and lower quadrants on the other side.
How does the deep cleaning process work?
Using special instruments, they will do scaling and root planings (also known as deep cleanings) where they remove plaque and calculus from below and above the gum line and where they will smooth out any rough spots. Sometimes, they may even use laser therapy to remove diseased gum tissue. The laser can also cauterize the tissue which will cause less bleeding.
How often do I have to get deep cleanings?
Afterwards, your gum health will be monitored, and more frequent periodontal maintenance visits would be recommended. These cleanings are usually scheduled every 3-4 months, depending on the level of severity of your gum disease. Over time, after the area has been cleaned thoroughly, the gums should heal and the pockets should shrink. At every periodontal maintenance, the pockets will be recorded to observe improvement. In addition, medicated rinses may be recommended by the hygienist to help keep your gums healthy.
Lastly, it is important to pick up and continue good dental habits from now on. Though it may be hard to do, losing teeth would be much harder to deal with! We want you to have a healthy smile!
Some Tips to Help Maintain Healthy Gums
Brush your teeth 2-3 times a day
Brushing every time after you eat is a habit that should stick with you all your life. It removes plaque and left over food debris, which prevents calculus and bacteria from collecting. This saves your gums from receding. Keep in mind those hard to reach areas that are easy to forget, such as the back of the front teeth or the teeth located at the back of your mouth!
Floss every day
Flossing gets rid of any buildup in between the teeth, as well as debris and plaque that you may have missed along the gum line.
Rinse with mouthwash to kill of any bacteria
Come for your recommended cleanings
It doesn’t work if you continue to miss the recommended cleanings. The time that you fail to come in is also the time that more bacteria and plaque are able to build up, and you may end up stuck at square one again!