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What to Expect

Deep cleaning for your teeth may look as if it is a quite easy thing to do just because you have missed the appointment with the dentist. However, deep cleaning is a specific procedure which is performed by the dental hygienist so that it can treat periodontal and gum disease. It is done when the person had not been privileged for the professional cleaning appointment in six months.

If you visit the dentist, he will use the tool known as the probe to learn about the tooth area and to see the pocketing level. The gum tissue depth found between the gums and the teeth are known as the pocket and it is at least five millimeters. It is recommended that an adult should get a periodontal exam each year to know if more treatment will be required. Measuring the pocket depth is among the physical examinations done during a comprehensive dental evaluation.

The healthy pockets should not be over three millimeters. When the pockets are over five millimeters, the dentist will then require deep scaling with root planning. The process of probing the gum tissue is usually painless.

The procedure of deep cleaning

Deep cleaning involves root planing and scaling. Scaling requires the removal of tartar and plaque away of the teeth surface and from the pocket found between the gums and teeth. A dental hygienist may perform the root planning and scaling using ultrasonic instruments and other manual scaling tools.

Another part of deep cleaning is known as root planning. The root planing and scaling will require at least two visits to the dentist. The follow-up visit will be needed to know if the teeth and gums get better and there is no more pocket depth.

What to do after root planing and scaling?

With deep cleaning, bacteria found within the pockets of the teeth should be removed and in few days that follow, the gum will look healthier when you observe a proper daily oral hygiene. The dentist will recommend the best toothpaste with a mouth rinse. If your problem is not getting better even with deep scaling within three months of the visit, then you should see a periodontist to be examined. The periodontist will recommend future treatment including surgery harness better recovery results.

Straight after deep cleaning, it is possible to experience bleeding and tooth sensitivity for the first days of scaling. You may need to keep up with the dentist to see if the gums are healing well or not. To make sure that you do not need future deep cleaning, you should learn how to take good care of your mouth by using antimicrobial toothpaste that targets different bacteria and not the bacteria that sits on the teeth directly. You can floss at least once every day. You should also learn the right foods to consume so that you can eat a balanced diet.

Do not use tobacco products.

Consider keeping up with getting regular dental cleaning whenever it is recommended by the dentist.