On the surface, a “deep cleaning” probably sounds just like a really comprehensive teeth cleaning. You may think that if you haven’t seen your dentist in Margate in a while, a deep cleaning will be necessary to protect your oral health. After all, a routine teeth cleaning may not be enough, right?
Well, this is not necessarily the case. Though “teeth cleanings” and “deep cleanings” sound similar, these procedures are actually very different, and are used for very different purposes. In this blog from Lifestyle Dental Care, we’ll discuss everything you need to know.
A regular teeth cleaning is a treatment that’s typically provided to patients every six months. These teeth cleanings are preventive in nature, meaning they are not intended to treat any specific dental issue, but just to help you maintain your oral health.
During a regular teeth cleaning, a hygienist will use special tools to scrape away plaque and tartar from your teeth, then they will polish and floss your teeth. X-rays may be taken. Then, as the final step, a dentist like Dr. Philippe Jean will examine your mouth to look for signs of common oral health problems like cavities and gum disease.
Regular six-month teeth cleanings help keep your mouth healthy and keep your smile bright, and allow your dentist to catch potential oral health issues before they become severe. In addition to being good for your oral health, catching these problems early can save you quite a bit of time and money.
This is especially true because almost all dental insurance companies cover 100% of the cost of six-month preventive visits. So by seeing a dentist twice each year, you’ll make the most of your monthly premiums.
A deep cleaning is very different from a regular teeth cleaning. First, it’s not recommended for all patients. It’s only appropriate for patients with gum disease. It also is much more complex and invasive.
The procedure takes two appointments, and each appointment takes 1-2 hours. Half of your mouth will be cleaned during each appointment. After your mouth has been numbed, Dr. Philippe Jean will use special dental tools to clean deeply between your teeth and gums, eliminating the bacteria that cause gum disease.
Along with proper at-home oral hygiene and other steps like antibiotics and regular periodontal maintenance, this may be enough to reverse or halt the progression of gum disease.
You only need a deep cleaning if you have gum disease. Common signs of gingivitis (the first stage of gum disease) include bleeding when brushing or flossing, bad breath (halitosis), and inflamed or discolored gums.
Later stages of gum disease may cause issues like gum recession, which makes your teeth look longer, changes in your bite, pain and tenderness when chewing, and sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks.
Hopefully, we’ve been able to clear up the difference between regular cleanings and deep cleanings for you. Everyone needs six-month regular cleanings, but only patients who have been diagnosed with gum disease need deep cleanings at Lifestyle Dental Care. Overdue for a dental appointment? Contact us online or give us a call at (954) 669-1313 to get the expert care you need from Dr. Jean. We’re always accepting new patients in Margate.