What is a deep cleaning?

What is a deep cleaning?
April 24, 2018 rdstaff

Deep Cleaning (Scaling and Root Planing) and Regular Cleaning (Prophylaxis)

The health of your teeth and gums directly affects your overall wellness, making routine oral hygiene visits at the dentist a vital component of a healthy lifestyle. Keeping your gums healthy may actually reduce your risk of developing certain medical conditions, including heart disease, dementia, stroke, and cancer. At Regency Dental our hygienists provide many services including dental prophylaxis and deep cleaning.

Comprehensive Gum Care for a Healthy Smile

Dental prophylaxis – commonly called a “prophy” – is a treatment that involves polishing the teeth to control bacteria on the teeth and just beneath the gum line. A prophy is typically performed twice per year, or every six months, to maintain healthy gums and teeth. This type of visit doesn’t take long (typically not more than an hour), and it is often completely covered by your dental insurance. Even patients who don’t have dental benefits can receive this kind of preventive care for very little out of pocket.

deep cleaning is performed when the level of bacteria and plaque beneath the gum line is higher than normal and causing irritation of the gums. Left untreated, this inflammation and infection can lead to the loss of bone tissue and teeth over time. Fortunately, a deep cleaning can essentially halt the progression of periodontal disease before it advances to this level. During this type of visit, your hygienist effectively removes the cause of the infection itself, the bacteria that accumulate on the teeth beneath the gums. Additional therapies may be used to decrease sensitivity and to promote healing, including a diode soft tissue laser and antibiotic medications. Deep cleaning visits are typically scheduled more frequently – approximately every three months – in order to maintain periodontal health.

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