When it comes to your smile, you want to be proactive. Dental checkups and cleanings are an important part of your oral hygiene. They can help to detect and prevent dental problems before they become major issues. But what happens if a regular cleaning is not enough?
While preventative cleanings should happen every six months, they unfortunately cannot prevent every dental issue. If you have difficulty keeping up with flossing and brushing at home, your dentist may recommend scaling and root planing, which is a more effective cleaning procedure to prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria.
If you have not been to the dentist in a while, you may wonder if it’s time for a deep clean. A dental deep clean is simply a more intense form of periodontal therapy than routine cleanings. It involves removing tartar, which is a hard substance that forms above and below the gum line when plaque bacteria adhere to your teeth. If you have deep pockets between your teeth and gums, they’ll be treated during this procedure as well.
If you’re not sure whether you need a deep cleaning, reach out to our Canoga Park team to schedule a consultation. At your appointment, Dr. Abad will review your individual situation and answer your questions about whether this treatment is right for you.
Before starting the procedure, Dr. Abad will evaluate your teeth and gums to see if they are healthy enough for deep cleaning or if they need to be treated before the procedure.
Deep cleanings involve two main processes: scaling and root planing (SRP). One is to remove tartar from the teeth (scaling) and the other is to smooth down any rough spots on the tooth root (planing). The goal is to remove all traces of plaque and tartar from under the gum line, where they can be difficult to reach with regular brushing and flossing.
At the Dental Health Group, we are passionate about providing you with the best dental care possible to help you maintain good oral health and keep your teeth looking their best. We also take pride in our individualized approach to patient care. Beyond regular cleanings, our dental services include orthodontics as well as both restorative and cosmetic dentistry.