If you have gingivitis or periodontal disease, a deep cleaning removes bacteria from below your gum line and reduces your risk of the condition worsening and leading to tooth loss. At Arya Dental in Fullerton, California, Saeed Mokhayeri, DDS, and Hengameh Safarcherati, DDS, provide deep cleaning treatments to protect and preserve your dental health. If you have red or swollen gums, call Arya Dental or make an appointment online today.
You may be familiar with the routine dental cleaning you have twice a year. Also known as a prophylactic cleaning, this process removes plaque from the visible surfaces of your teeth.
A deep cleaning, which is sometimes called root planing or scaling, takes the process a step further and removes bacteria, plaque, and tartar from beneath your gum line to treat gingivitis and periodontal disease.
The dentists at Arya Dental recommend deep cleaning treatments when you show signs of gum disease such as red, swollen gums that bleed easily or small pockets between your teeth and gums that you won’t be able to clean well enough at home.
You always have some bacteria on your teeth. However, when your diet and hygiene habits allow the bacteria to multiply uncontrollably, the bacteria can get between your teeth and gums.
This not only causes infection in your gums but also makes your gums start to pull away from your teeth, creating pockets where even more bacteria can settle in and eat away at your teeth.
Deep cleaning treatments remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar from both above and below your gum line, which reduces the irritation to your gums and your risk of tooth decay, damage to the roots of your teeth, and eventual tooth loss.
During a deep cleaning, your dentist or hygienist uses special tools including ultrasonic instruments or manual tools to loosen and remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and below your gum lines.
Your gums may be slightly tender after a deep cleaning, but any discomfort should subside quickly as your gums heal and return to health because the bacteria and plaque are gone.
Your dentist will provide advice on how to take care of your teeth and gums after a deep cleaning, including particular dental products designed to reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth and to support gum health. You may need to have more frequent professional cleanings if you have an increased risk of gum disease.
You can reduce your risk of gum disease by brushing your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day and flossing once a day. Attending your regular dental checkups and hygiene appointments also protect your teeth and gums.
Call Arya Dental or make an appointment online today for expert dental care including deep cleaning treatments.