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Regular dental cleanings are a familiar part of oral hygiene routines, but sometimes, your teeth may require more than just the standard cleaning. Deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, is a procedure often suggested by dental professionals, including our team at Neville Dental Studio, to treat and prevent periodontal disease. This blog delves into what happens during a deep cleaning and explains why it’s a vital part of dental care for some patients.

Understanding Deep Cleaning

Deep cleaning is a specialized dental procedure aimed at cleaning between the gums and teeth down to the roots. Unlike regular cleaning, which focuses on the surfaces of the teeth and the space between teeth and gums, deep cleaning goes further to remove plaque and tartar buildup below the gum line.

Why is Deep Cleaning Suggested?

1. Treating Gum Disease

The primary reason for a deep cleaning is to treat gum disease (periodontitis). Gum disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth. If plaque isn’t removed, it turns into tartar, which is harder and can only be removed with professional dental tools. Gum disease can cause gums to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets that are susceptible to further plaque buildup.

2. Preventing Tooth Loss

Advanced gum disease can lead to tooth loss. Deep cleaning removes the plaque and tartar that contribute to gum disease progression, thereby helping to prevent tooth loss.

3. Improving Overall Health

Research has shown that oral health impacts overall health. Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and other health issues. By treating gum disease, deep cleaning can contribute to better overall health.

What Happens During a Deep Cleaning?

Deep cleaning is typically completed in two phases: scaling and root planing, and may require more than one visit to Neville Dental Studio.

1. Scaling

This is the process of removing plaque and tartar from the tooth surface and beneath the gums. Our dental professionals use specialized instruments to gently and effectively clean these areas.

2. Root Planing

After scaling, root planing is performed. This involves smoothing out the roots of the teeth, which helps the gums reattach to the tooth surface. It also makes it harder for plaque to accumulate in the future.

What to Expect After a Deep Cleaning

After a deep cleaning, it’s common to experience some sensitivity and mild discomfort for a few days. Your gums may also be a bit swollen and tender. These symptoms typically diminish quickly, and our team at Neville Dental Studio will provide you with aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.

Maintaining Oral Health Post-Deep Cleaning

To maintain your oral health after a deep cleaning:

  • Follow a Strict Oral Hygiene Routine: This includes regular brushing and flossing.
  • Regular Dental Check-Ups: Continue to visit Neville Dental Studio for regular check-ups and cleanings.
  • Healthy Lifestyle Choices: A balanced diet and quitting smoking can contribute to better oral health.

Deep cleaning is a crucial procedure for those experiencing or at risk of gum disease. At Neville Dental Studio, we are committed to providing thorough and gentle care during deep cleanings and all other dental treatments. If you have been advised to undergo a deep cleaning or have concerns about your gum health, don’t hesitate to contact us. Together, we can help maintain your oral health and enhance your overall well-being.

Posted on behalf of Neville Dental Studio

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