Many people think that a deep tooth cleaning is a procedure that is performed only after eating sticky foods. The truth is that deep tooth cleaning is carried out by qualified dental hygienists to cure periodontal and gum disease. This is a service that we provide at our Orem dental office. This procedure is often performed on people who have not had regular professional tooth cleaning for a couple of months.
The Need for Deep Cleaning
Deep tooth cleaning plays an important role in oral hygiene. Your dental hygienist will examine your teeth using a tool known as a probe to check whether you have any pocketing. The pocketing is the area between the gum and teeth where bacteria is likely to accumulate. Pockets refer to spaces between the teeth that are wider or deeper than five millimeters.
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, every adult should consider having a periodontal test at least once a year to determine the need for periodontal treatment. Taking measurements of the pocket deepness is part of the overall dental assessment. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), a normal dental pocket should not be less than three millimeters deep. Your dentist may recommend scaling and root planing if you have deep dental pockets.
Deep Cleaning Process
Deep tooth cleaning is also known as scaling or root planing. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), scaling is the removal of tartar and food debris from the pocket areas between the gums and teeth. It also involves thorough cleaning of the surface of the teeth. Some of the tools used by dental hygienists to perform these procedures include manual scaling apparatus and ultrasonic instruments.
Root planing is another type of deep tooth cleaning procedure. In this procedure, dental hygienists use scaling tools to remove tartar and plaque from the plane of the roots of the teeth. Normally, root planing and scaling procedures require a minimum of two visits to the dentist to complete. However, follow up may be required to ensure that the state of the teeth and gums is improving and that there is no plaque buildup on pockets.
Care after Scaling and Root Planing
The health and cleanliness of your gums and teeth should improve after the root planing and scaling procedures. In addition, there should be significantly less bacteria and plaque in your dental pockets. However, good oral hygiene helps to ensure quality results. Your dental expert will recommend the perfect cleaning toothpaste for you to use after the scaling and root planing procedures. To kill bacteria in your mouth, the dentist may recommend the use of an effective mouth wash. Visit your periodontist in case the root planing and scaling procedures fail to produce meaningful results.
Deep Cleaning for a Child
It is important for parents to help their children understand the importance of good oral hygiene. In addition, parents should teach their children the right deep tooth cleaning techniques. Help your child complete a flossing, brushing, and rinsing checklist every day. Oral hygiene routines should start immediately the first tooth of your child appears.
According to the American Dental Association, you should change your child’s toothbrush after every three months, especially when it starts to show signs of wearing. We offer great pediatric dentistry in our Orem office. Make sure you supervise your child’s brushing until he is at least 6 years old. Lead by example and show your child the correct way to take care of his teeth every day.