Closeup of a woman's mouth after receiving a dental cleaning at the dentist in Cedar Park, TX

Regular Cleaning vs. Deep Cleaning

January 26, 2021 10:18 pm
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Visiting the dentist every six months helps keep your oral health in great shape. Skipping these regular cleanings can allow small problems to become big ones. If it’s been a while since your last cleaning and checkup, we may recommend a deep cleaning. In this blog post, we discuss the difference between a routine cleaning and a deep cleaning.

Regular Cleanings

When you visit us for your biannual appointment, you’ll get a regular cleaning, which is a preventive treatment. Using special tools, we’ll clean plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth, between your teeth, and along your gumline. Tartar, which is hardened plaque, can only be removed by a professional with the right tools. We’ll also floss and polish your teeth. Fluoride treatments are beneficial, too. After a regular cleaning, Dr. Torres will conduct an exam and discuss any issues.

Deep Cleanings

Deep cleanings are necessary to treat gum disease. Gum disease has two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. With gingivitis, you can experience gum swelling, tenderness, redness, and bleeding. This is because your gums are inflamed and irritated. This stage of the disease is usually reversed by improving your oral hygiene routine. If you don’t treat the issue, gum disease will progress to periodontitis. Your gums will pull away from your teeth, forming pockets where bacteria build up. Cavities, toothaches, infections, and tooth loss can follow.

Deep cleanings consist of scaling and root planing. During this non-invasive procedure, we’ll remove plaque and tartar from below your gumline and smooth out the roots of your teeth so they can reattach to your gums. Because the cleaning is more complex, the appointment will last a bit longer.

Dental Salon Can Help You Maintain Great Oral Health in Cedar Park!

If you have a great oral hygiene routine at home and visit us every six months, you may never need a deep cleaning! In a situation where one is necessary, don’t worry. We are here to make the process as smooth as possible to help you get your dental health back on track.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about our comprehensive dental services or want to book an appointment.

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