Why Tooth Care is So Important Even When They're Healthy

4 Reasons For A Deep Dental Cleaning

by Rene Jacobs

Your dentist may choose to treat chronic gum disease with a deep dental cleaning.  A deep cleaning is not the same as the routine cleanings that you receive every six months. The procedure scrapes away plaque and bacteria that are located below your gum line. Here are a few reasons your dentist may suggest a deep dental cleaning:

You have deep pockets in your gums.

When you visit your dentist, he or she will examine your gums for signs of pockets, which are trenches that form where the teeth and gums meet. If pockets are found in your gums, the dentist will check their depth to assess their severity.  

If the pocket is deeper than 3 mm, you may have periodontal disease. A deep cleaning could help the pockets heal and reduce the inflammation of your gum tissue.

X-rays show bone loss.

The roots of your teeth lie within your jawbone. If you complain of loose teeth, your dentist may perform an x-ray to verify whether or not you have bone loss.  Bone loss is a sign of advanced periodontal disease.

Initially, mild forms of gum disease are termed "gingivitis," which is evidenced by inflammation at the gum line. Gingivitis can be treated by good dental hygiene at home and routine professional cleanings. However, as gum disease progresses, it affects the bones and connective tissue.

Your gums are chronically inflamed.

Your gums may show signs of inflammation, such as bleeding and remaining swelling, intermittently. However, if the periodontal inflammation does not subside with meticulous brushing and flossing, you may need to have a deep cleaning.

Unlike a general dental cleaning, a deep cleaning scales the area of tooth that is beneath the gums.

You are diabetic, and your gum disease is progressing.

If you are diabetic and your gum disease is getting worse, your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning. Gum disease that continues to progress can make it harder to control blood sugar in diabetics.  In addition, diabetes can make it easier for oral bacteria to flourish, so it can worsen your gum disease.

If you notice signs of gum disease, such as tender or bleeding gums, bad breath, pus around your gums or changes in the appearance of your teeth near the gum line, don't wait to discuss it at your next routine dental visit. Call your dentist (like those at Aurora Dental Clinic) for a quick diagnosis and a suitable course of treatment.