Illustration of a mouth with gum disease getting a deep cleaning at the dentist

How to Know You Need a Deep Cleaning

February 27, 2023 2:44 am Published by

If you’re keeping up with your dental appointments, that means you’re coming in every six months of a routine teeth cleaning. If everything is looking pretty good, then that type of cleaning should suffice. But if your teeth and gums need a little bit more TLC, it’s possible that your dentist or dental hygienist may suggest that you get a deep cleaning.

What Is a Deep Cleaning?

A deep cleaning is more extensive and takes longer than a routine cleaning. In a regular professional teeth cleaning, plaque and tartar (the hardened form of plaque) are removed from the surface of your teeth and they are polished and flossed. During a deep cleaning, plaque and tartar are removed from the surface of your teeth, as well as deep below your gum line. Then, we will smooth out the roots of your teeth so that the gums can reattach to the newly clean surface.

When Is a Deep Cleaning Necessary?

A deep cleaning may be necessary if the pockets between teeth and gums are deeper than four or five millimeters. With pockets of this size, it increases the likelihood that there is bacteria hiding in there. If you exhibit any signs of gum disease, then your dental team will also likely suggest that you get a deep cleaning to help improve your gum health. Common signs of gum disease include bleeding gums, red and swollen gums, persistent bad breath, and teeth sensitivity.

Consult with Our Team!

The best way to truly know if you need a deep cleaning is to consult your trusted dentist. After performing an examination, they’ll be able to tell you if you would benefit from a deep cleaning or other periodontal therapy. At Ballston Dental Care, we provide routine teeth cleanings as well as deep cleanings in Arlington. Please contact us today to set up your appointment!

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