What is the Difference Between a Regular and Deep Dental Cleaning?

Far and away, one of the best things you can do for your dental health is to keep up with your regular professional cleanings at Unlimited Dentistry. But not all cleanings are equal. Depending upon the condition of your teeth, you may benefit from a deeper cleaning that gets under your gums and works wonders in the fight against gum disease and tooth decay.


At our practice in Goodyear, Arizona, our friendly and experienced team offers both regular and deep cleanings that preserve your smile for years to come.


Here’s a look at the difference between a regular and a deep dental cleaning.

The assessment

When you come in for your cleaning, the first order of business is to assess the state of your gums. We do this by measuring your gum tissue with a probe, which marks, in millimeters, the depth of the tissue. In effect, we’re looking for any signs of gingivitis, which causes inflammation in your gums.


Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease when plaque and tartar begin to breach your gums, creating pockets that can house destructive bacteria. Left untreated, these pockets only grow and bacteria make their way further under your gums and eventually into the internal structures of your teeth, causing decay, and in extreme cases, tooth loss.


If your gums measure under five millimeters, they’re in fairly good shape and a regular cleaning will keep them that way. If, however, your gums measure five millimeters or more, we’ll need to turn to a more involved scaling and root planing procedure.


The good news is that gum disease can be halted in its tracks and reversed with diligent care. Better still is preventing the disease from developing in the first place.


Keeping up

The CDC reports that gum disease affects half of American adults, which is a number that we can improve with regular dental cleanings. We know how busy life can get, but twice-a-year cleanings at our offices will help you avoid the more time-consuming process of fighting off gum disease.


During a regular cleaning, we clear your teeth of any plaque and tartar buildup before it starts to get up under your gums where it can cause real problems. Our hygienists also clear away any staining during these visits and give you a professional polish that whitens your teeth.


If you want a bright smile full of healthy teeth, your routine cleanings with us are the first, and most crucial, step.

Making up

If you’ve missed a few cleanings, the odds are that plaque and tartar have started to make their way up under your gums. Once we perform your periodontal evaluation, we can determine whether a deeper cleaning is necessary. During this procedure, we use a technique called scaling to remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth and from within the pockets under your gums. Going a step further, we get to your roots and remove any buildup we find there in a process called root planing.


The goal of this procedure is to remove everything from the surface of your teeth and roots, which encourages your gums to reseal themselves back over them, thus preventing bacteria from re-entering.


To prevent gum disease from wreaking havoc in your mouth, please call us about getting started on a regular cleaning program. If you’re already one of our patients, let this serve as a friendly reminder to keep up with your routine cleanings. You can also schedule an appointment by using the online booking tool.

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