How Often Do My Teeth Need Deep Cleaning?

Many people think of a deep cleaning as standard procedure for a regular checkup. However, a deep cleaning is actually a specific process used by dentists to help treat gum disease. Having your routine preventative dental care checkups can prevent the need for a deep cleaning, but sometimes it may be unavoidable. If you keep your teeth healthy, you may never need a deep cleaning. Here is more information about the process and when it may be necessary for you to deep clean your teeth.

Understanding the Deep Cleaning Process

Your dentist or dental hygienist uses special tools to measure around your teeth to determine whether there are any pockets between the gums and teeth. These pockets are susceptible to bacteria and could eventually cause gum disease. If the pockets are deep enough,and you cannnot maintain them with your toothbrush,  you may develop tartar and have to get a deep cleaning.

The dentist has special instruments that remove any tartar and plaque from the teeth roots. This process is called root planing and is standard with the deep cleaning process.

Consider a Second Opinion Before Deep Cleaning

Some dentists may recommend you get a deep cleaning before it’s actually necessary. It’s important to understand a deep cleaning is not a preventative dentistry procedure like a standard cleaning. Deep cleanings are specifically designed to stabalize gum disease.   

Getting a deep cleaning before it’s needed could do more harm than good.  It is also an investment that may or may not be covered by your insurance plan. You only need a deep cleaning if you start showing specific signs of gum disease such as bleeding gums, receeding gums, or red inflamed gums.   Getting a  second opinion is never a bad idea. 

Many times, a deep cleaning can be avoided just by practicing good dental preventative care at home. If you think you may need a deep cleaning, or just want a professional opinion, feel free to contact us.