What is a Deep Cleaning?
During a deep cleaning, we use local anesthesia to clean below the gum line—an area we can’t reach during a regular dental cleaning.
Who should do it?
We recommend deep cleanings for patients with gum disease. In these cases, bacteria, debris, and tartar have accumulated below the gum line, areas you can’t clean with regular brushing and flossing at home. If you have swollen, tender gums or find yourself spitting out blood when you brush your teeth, a deep cleaning may be right for you.
Why should I do it?
If left untreated, gum disease can lead to problems such as gum recession, bone deterioration and tooth loss. Gum disease has also been linked to cardiovascular disease. A deep cleaning can help curb the progress of gum disease and prevent these serious problems from developing.
What should I do after a Deep Cleaning?
After a deep cleaning, we recommend some patients increase the frequency of their regular cleanings. Instead of the standard two cleanings per year, we may recommend three or four. This will allow us to better monitor your oral health and treat any ongoing issues. In between regular and deep cleanings, we recommend a strong oral hygiene routine of brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash twice per day.