Also known as deep cleaning. It is not just the daily brushing of your teeth like you do at home. The dental hygienist will use a scaler to get rid of plaque and tartar around your gum-line and in between the teeth. During the cleaning process, you will hear a lot of scraping but this is normal. While the grinding and scraping sound scary to some people, it is a good way to get a deep clean.
Signs and symptoms of gum disease
· Receding gums.
· Persistent bad breath and taste in the mouth.
· Loose teeth.
· Visible pus surrounding the teeth and gums.
Brushing and flossing stop plaque from building up and hardening into tartar. The problem with tartar is that once you have, you can only get it removed at your dentist's office. Professional cleaning use toothpaste that smells and tastes like the one you use at home but is a bit harsher. It has a sand-like consistency that gently scrubs your teeth. This polishing of the teeth is deemed safe to do twice a year if done by a professional. If done at home, you have to be very careful and gentle because being as harsh, at home use will wear down your teeth.
When it comes to flossing, even if you floss regularly at home, flossing done by a professional is a deeper clean reaching plaque you may often miss when done at home. A small mirror is used to assist in accessing those areas. The dental hygienist can get deep between your teeth and locate any potential trouble spots where you might bleed at the gums.
Why is deep cleaning necessary?
This process is much less invasive than gum surgery, and it is used before gum disease reaches more serious stages. Treating the individual effects is best before they require more complicated and potentially more expensive forms of treatments.
To prevent gingivitis, a minor form of gum disease, brush and floss regularly, and visit your dentist twice a year. Regular and diligent deep cleaning will help with healthy oral health now and in the future.