Day to day at-home dental care and regular visits to the dentist are not always enough to keep your teeth healthy and in the best possible condition. Sometimes, during a biannual check-up, your hygienist or dentist will discover pocketing between your teeth and gums. Pocketing is a condition where your gums and teeth separate a little. This is fairly normal, but if the pockets get too big, usually 5 millimeters or more, there is a greater chance of bacteria getting into this space, which can cause problems. This dental condition is what necessitates a deep cleaning. Dr. Clara Nguyen at Coast Dental Care can help you to protect your teeth with professional deep cleaning.
What is a deep dental cleaning?
A deep cleaning is also called scaling and root planing. While this sounds intimidating, modern dental technology has made this process straightforward and relatively painless. During a deep cleaning, a hygienist will numb the gums to prevent any discomfort. Then using special tools like electriceor ultrasonic instruments, the hygienist will clean plaque and tartar from the surface of the roots of your teeth, exposed by the pockets. This is different from a standard professional cleaning. During a standard cleaning, the hygienist will clean the surfaces of your teeth above the gum line. Any tartar or plaque is scraped away and then your teeth are polished. This is an essential component of maintaining good dental health and protecting your teeth.
Why are professional cleanings, regular or deep, necessary?
We all have bacteria in our mouths, but when we eat too much sugar, that bacteria multiplies quickly, while also producing the acid that eats away at our tooth enamel, eventually causing cavities to form. When pocketing occurs, that bacteria and the harmful plaque and acid it produces, can attack the sensitive roots of your teeth. Even daily brushing and flossing will not remove all of the build-up that can harm your teeth. Going to the dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning clears the surfaces of your teeth of any build up that your own efforts at home haven’t removed. Those checkups also allow the dentist to check on the overall health of your teeth and gums and suggest any additional treatment to protect and preserve your teeth.
Dr. Clara Nguyen at the Dr. Clara DDS in Cypress, California provides regular and deep cleaning services to her patients. If you are due for a check-up or if you have noticed that your gums are sore or even bleeding, make an appointment today.