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What is the Difference Between a Deep Cleaning and a Regular Cleaning?

April 9, 2021
Posted By: Dr. Nick Schulte
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Since science has shown us a clear connection between oral health and overall health, it has never been more important to be an active participant in your dental health. Your first line of defense in caring for your oral health is routine teeth cleanings and checkups with your St. Paul dentist.

Regular cleanings are for healthy patients and are recommended every six months to help you maintain your dental health and overall well-being.

Deep cleanings come into play if you're managing advanced gum disease or periodontitis. This type of cleaning is recommended to remove the plaque and bacteria below the gumline causing an infection. A deep cleaning will help you stabilize your dental health and manage gum disease, so you don't have to deal with tooth loss.

What Happens During a Regular Teeth Cleaning?

During your routine cleaning procedure, your dental hygienist will remove the excess plaque buildup in hard-to-reach places that you might've missed during your brushing routine at home.

They will screen you for gum disease. They also want to ensure you understand and use proper brushing and flossing techniques at home to remove the most plaque possible.

Your hygienist may also recommend additional products to help you improve your home care routine, such as an electric toothbrush or an antibacterial mouth rinse.

What Happens During a Deep Teeth Cleaning?

Also called scaling and root planing, a deep teeth cleaning goes beneath the gumline to remove the plaque and tartar buildup that's causing your infection or gum disease and eliminate it. This cleaning is completed in quadrants of your mouth, which are numbed with dental anesthetic for your comfort. They may also apply antibiotics during this process to help combat your infection.

Deep teeth cleaning may occur in multiple appointments, so your mouth has time to heal and adjust.

Is It Time for Your Next Teeth Cleaning in St. Paul, MN?

Since gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults in America, it's important not to delay your teeth cleaning and checkup.

At Brimhall Dentistry, we're ready to welcome you and meet you wherever you're at, even if it's been a long time since your last visit to the dentist. Call us today at (651) 698-0848 to schedule your next appointment.




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