It is important to have a professional dental cleaning at least twice a year, or every six months, in order to eliminate plaque build-up, the leading cause of gum disease, periodontal disease, and tooth loss, and keep your oral health at its best. Neglecting to do so, could result in excessive plaque and tartar build up between the teeth and gums that can only be removed with a periodontal deep cleaning. Contact Dr. Marichia Attalla
for a free consultation.What is a Dental Cleaning?
A professional dental cleaning reinforces your oral health by working in combination with the flossing and brushing you do at home. Our mouths are full of bacteria along with mucus and other particles that constantly combine, forming a sticky film on the teeth, also known as plaque. Since plaque is a colorless film, it is not easily detected, so brushing and flossing alone may not be enough to thoroughly remove all traces of this film. Once the plaque is hardened, it forms tartar. Once tartar has formed, it cannot be removed by brushing and flossing. The only way to remove tartar is to have a professional dental cleaning.
In addition to providing an extra level of support, a professional dental cleaning also gives the dentist the opportunity to inspect for and detect potential dental issues that could become a more serious problem later. This can include detecting the early signs of gum disease (the leading cause of tooth loss) as well as implement a plan for the prevention of such dental issues.
A professional dental cleaning typically causes no discomfort. However, individuals with a significant amount of plaque build-up, or other dental issues, may experience discomfort or sensitivity during the cleaning, which usually goes away within a few days.
Sometimes the dentist may apply a topical anesthetic prior to your cleaning to help alleviate pain and discomfort during your visit. During your dental cleaning, the dentist will perform preventative measures like remove tartar and plaque build-up, address stains, polish teeth, fillings, and crowns, apply a fluoride treatment, clean dentures and partial dentures, and more.
In addition to these services, the dentist will also perform a number diagnostics to check for the early signs of dental problems including inspect gum tissue, check for signs of oral cancer and evaluate biting and chewing patterns. If a problem is detected during the diagnostics, the dentist will follow up with a plan for treatment including proper tooth brushing and flossing techniques and nutritional counseling, as well as make necessary referrals, if needed, such as periodontal deep cleaning or restorative options.What is a Periodontal Cleaning?
If during your regular dental cleaning and check up, the dentist detects gum or periodontal disease
, the next step is to refer you to a periodontist for a deep cleaning. A deep cleaning is usually required because a person has not maintained regular professional cleanings every six months.
During your regular dental evaluation, the dentist will use a probe to inspect the area around the teeth to check for pockets between the gum and the tooth, where bacteria generally builds up. If the gum tissue between the teeth has a depth of 5 millimeters or more, it is a sign of periodontal disease, at which time the dentist will then refer you to a dental hygienist for a deep scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning.The Deep Cleaning Process
The first step of the deep cleaning process involves scaling the teeth and gums. Scaling removes tartar and plaque from the surface area of the teeth as well as from the pocket area. Scaling is usually done using manual scaling instruments or electriceor ultrasonic instruments for minimal invasiveness.
The second part of the deep cleaning process involves root planing. During root planing, plaque and tartar are removed from the roots of the teeth. The dental hygienist will use a scaling instrument to safely remove tartar and plaque from the surface of the roots.
Root planing usually involves at least two visits to complete. Once the root planing procedure is complete, a follow-up visit may be required to ensure that your teeth and gums are healing, and there is no pocket depth.Recovery From A Periodontal Deep Cleaning
Once the scaling and root planing treatment is complete, the bacteria build up in the pockets of the teeth will be successfully removed, which means in the few weeks following, the gums should gradually grow stronger and healthier, provided you are following good daily oral hygiene habits. Your dental hygienist may also recommend a specific toothpaste and antibacterial mouthwash to help keep bacteria at bay.
If the deep cleaning and regular visits are not enough to reverse periodontal disease, then surgery may be required.
Many Adults in the U.S. suffer from some form of periodontal disease, as well as some teenagers and children. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause severe damage to the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth, resulting in tooth loss. The best prevention against this disease is to take proper care of your gums and teeth every day and maintain regular dental visits.Get a Free Consultation Today
If you are in need of a deep cleaning in Nassau County, please feel free to contact Dr. Marichia Attalla
and schedule a free consultation to discuss your needs. During the consultation, Dr. Attala will address your specific concerns as well as provide more information on the deep cleaning process. Dr. Attala has more than ten years experience in the treatment of gum disease
and understands that periodontal disease can be painful, and that is why she employs the latest technologies and procedures to ensure maximum comfort during your visit.
is accepted, and we also offer various financing options. If you are in need of our services, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our office will handle all the paperwork, so you are free to focus on improving your oral health.