Deep Cleanings, Why Are They Needed?
“Why do I need a deep cleaning, or what is the difference between a regular cleaning and a deep cleaning”. These are two of the of the most commonly asked questions here at 17th Street Dental Care, so we wanted to do a blog giving a little bit of information about the two cleanings and why they are important. The first type of cleaning is a basic maintenance cleaning, every six months you see the hygienist, take some checkup x-rays, and get your regular cleaning. The basic preventive cleaning targets plaque, calculus, bacteria and stains on the crown of the tooth, which is above the gum line. These cleanings paired with regular brushing and flossing, prevent bacteria from going underneath the gums which causes gum disease, tartar build up, and loss of bone. When brushing, flossing and preventive cleanings are not done regularly, a deep cleaning becomes necessary. The deep cleaning, not only cleans above the gums but I also cleans the root of the tooth. It goes below the gum line and it cleans, the bacteria, and calculus from the roots of the teeth, where bacteria adheres more easily because there is no enamel surface. The deep cleaning can be paired with antibiotics, that help the gums heal, as well as three month maintenance visits to your hygienist.