As their names suggest, the two types of dental cleanings available differ in their degree of cleaning. Because a deep dental cleaning is more invasive than the standard dental cleaning, there is a bit more involved in the process.
At Family Dental of Spokane Valley, we regularly conduct routine dental cleanings as well as deep cleanings, depending entirely on the condition of our patients’ teeth and their individual needs. If it’s been over a year since your last dental cleaning, you may benefit from a deep cleaning. Continue reading to learn more about what makes this treatment different than a regular dental cleaning.
What Is a Deep Cleaning?
A deep cleaning, commonly called “scaling and root planing,” is typically done when there is a lot of tartar and bacteria built up under the gums. A deep cleaning is typically needed if there is a deep space between your teeth and gums or a “pocket.”
These pockets often develop when a person hasn’t had their teeth professionally cleaned for a long time. They can also show up when a person doesn’t brush and floss regularly. Additional health issues have also been known to cause these pockets.
People with especially deep pockets have a condition known as gum disease or periodontal disease. The first step to treating gum disease is to have a deep cleaning of the teeth to remove all the harmful bacteria and tartar buildup from underneath the gums.
In some cases, a follow-up visit is required so that we can monitor the health of your teeth and the pockets we cleaned, to be sure there isn’t a need for additional treatments.
What Does a Regular Dental Cleaning Involve?
A regular dental cleaning can be expected for patients who routinely see their dentist every six months. A standard dental cleaning involves thoroughly cleaning the teeth and gums by removing bacteria and tartar buildup. If the teeth are cared for properly, this buildup is minimal.
A regular cleaning helps you maintain healthy gums, which should be pink in color. Healthy gums also shouldn’t bleed while being cleaned.
What Kind of Dental Cleaning Do I Need?
It is ultimately up to your dentist to decide whether you need a deep dental cleaning or if a regular cleaning will do. At Family Dental of Spokane Valley, we typically recommend deep cleanings for patients who haven’t seen us for a cleaning in quite some time. However, we sometimes also recommend deep cleanings for patients with poor oral hygiene habits or current oral health problems.
Teeth Cleaning Services in Spokane Valley
We have made it our mission and work every day to provide high-quality dental services to people of all ages in our area. We want to help keep your smile healthy and beautiful. Whether you need a deep cleaning, a standard cleaning, or a different kind of dental treatment, you can rest assured you are in good hands.