What’s the Difference Between Dental and Deep Cleanings

How often you clean your teeth can determine how much at risk they are for things like stains and cavities. That’s why cleaning them every day is important to keeping your teeth healthy and free of disease. Besides hygiene at home, that also means regular dental cleanings at your dentist’s office, typically at least twice a year. In some cases, though, regular dental cleaning may not be enough. For example, if oral bacteria are able to work their way underneath your gums and form plaque on your teeth roots, then you may need periodontal cleaning, or deep cleaning, to help you prevent the destruction of gum disease.  

A Focus on Prevention

The reason why dental and deep cleanings are so important is because prevention is the cornerstone of good dental health. Through regular cleanings, for instance, you can prevent the plaque and tartar formation that leads to harmful dental issues. Unfortunately, oral bacteria can still move underneath your gums, and if not cleaned away promptly, they can lead to gingivitis and destructive gum disease. Since regular dental cleaning only focuses on the top portions of your teeth, you may need deep cleaning to properly protect your oral health.

When Deep Cleaning Is Necessary

Like tooth decay, gum disease develops as a result from the harmful substances that oral bacteria produce. When these bacteria settle along your gum line, the tissues can quickly become infected, making them inflamed and causing them to recede from your teeth. When it’s detected early, deep cleaning can sometimes stop this minor infection from becoming worse. If gum disease has already developed, then deep cleaning can be the first step to a more comprehensive gum disease treatment plan.

Schedule a Deep Cleaning by Calling Our Office

If you exhibit signs of gum disease, or you’re at an increased risk of developing it, then periodontal cleaning (or deep cleaning) can help you mitigate the risk and avoid serious complications with your oral health. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.