A Periodontal cleaning is an excellent procedure to help keep the oral cavity in good health and also stop the incidence and progression of gum disease.
A regular cleaning, also called prophylaxis by dental professionals, is what most people expect when they think of visiting the dentist for a checkup. Prophylaxis includes removing plaque, tartar, and stains from teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance that accumulates on teeth as a byproduct of bacteria feasting on the food you eat. Additionally, tartar, also known as calculus, occurs when plaque and substances in your mouth harden.
A dentist or dental hygienist uses a specialized cleaning tool; the ultrasonic scaler, to clear off plaque and calculus. This cleaning only occurs on the crown; the visible part of the tooth.
Regular cleaning is only recommended for patients who have good oral health and do not suffer from bone loss or gum challenges (bleeding, recession, infection, etc.)
Scaling and Root Planing or Deep Cleanings
Root planning is a process that involves the removal of tartar, germs, and toxic deposits from the root of a tooth, down to where gum and bone meet.
Furthermore, while this procedure is casually referred to as a “deep cleaning”, you should know that this treatment is different from prophylaxis. This procedure is the necessary treatment for periodontal disease or periodontitis (gum disease).
Many people can be oblivious of the fact that they have periodontal disease. Symptoms of the disease are bad breath, bleeding gums, and teeth that appear longer due to withdrawn, red or swollen gums.
However, many people do not notice any of these symptoms at all. And that’s why you may be surprised when your dentist recommends deep cleaning instead of regular cleaning. It’s important to understand that this procedure is an important means of keeping periodontal disease under control in order to avoid future tooth loss.