Standard Cleaning vs. Deep Cleaning
Depending on your oral health status, you may need something more involved than a typical cleaning to eliminate plaque and tartar buildup. Through evaluating your gum health by periodontal assessment, we will be able to tell if you have either gingivitis or periodontitis. Patients with any degree of periodontitis will require a deep cleaning.
Periodontitis is an infection of your gum tissue which leads to inflammation and causes bone loss over time.
When your gums are inflamed, cleaning below the gum line through brushing and flossing at home becomes very difficult.
To solve this problem, we numb your teeth and use professional instruments to get these areas clean.
What you can do
While some people experience periodontitis despite good hygiene, we recommend that patients brush twice a day for 2 minutes and floss at least once a day.
Brushing should be done with a soft-bristle brush (manual or electric) that gets replaced every 3 months.
Because some foods can make your teeth slightly acidic, we recommend waiting 30 minutes after eating or rinsing with water before brushing.