A deep cleaning is generally recommended to treat active infection that can affect the bone and gums that support your teeth. When enough bacteria from plaque and tartar builds up and causes gum disease, a deep cleaning may be recommended. This is a special type of cleaning where plaque and tartar are removed from between your teeth and gums and the roots of your teeth. Deep cleanings are usually needed more often than preventative cleanings to help treat gum disease.
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What is gum disease?
Gum disease occurs when enough bacteria builds in the mouth to cause your gums to become inflamed. Gum disease can vary in severity, from gingivitis to more severe forms of periodontitis. Left untreated, periodontitis can cause bone loss and gum recession and even tooth loss. To diagnose gum disease, your dentist and hygienist perform a thorough assessment to classify the severity and extent of bone loss. Bleeding, overall health status and risk factors are also considered.
How do I maintain good oral health?
Understanding proper brushing and flossing techniques and eating a well-balanced diet can go a long way toward preventing cavities. It’s also essential to maintain routine dental visits to help remove tartar build-up and detect any potential problems before they worsen. This can even help you save money by avoiding costly dental treatments down the road.