If you have missed a couple of visits to your dentists over time or you have been eating foods that are sticky and messy, it may sound like a good idea to think about deep cleaning your teeth. The deep cleaning process is performed by your dental hygienist to help with the treatment of periodontal and gum disease. This is something that usually has to be done whenever a patient has not had their regular cleanings by a professional every six months.
Why A Deep Cleaning?
When you make time to see your dentist, the hygienist will do a cleaning using instruments, such as a probe that will get around the areas in your teeth where you may have pocketing. These pockets, which can be about five millimeters or more, are a prime location between the tooth and the gum where bacteria can begin to build up. It is recommended that periodontal evaluations are done each year to help determine if additional treatments are necessary. The measurement of pocket depth will be done during a comprehensive dental evaluation.
Pockets that are normal and healthy will generally be no larger than three millimeters deep. If any of the pockets are five millimeters or larger, it may be suggested by a dentist that scaling and root planing be done by a dental hygienist.
The Process Of Deep Cleaning
This is also a process in the dental world that is known as root planing and scaling. The scaling process involves the removal of plaque and debris from the tooth surface and the pockets that are between the gums and teeth. This is done by a dental hygienist using ultrasonic instruments or various manual tools for scaling. Root planing is done using a scaling instrument that takes the tartar and plaque away from the root area of the teeth.
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