What is deep cleaning?
Deep cleaning is a dental procedure used to treat chronic gum disease. In this dental treatment, plaque, tartar and bacteria are removed from the surface of the teeth, as well as the pocket area between the teeth and gums. This is done to prevent bone loss since it can loosen teeth and complicate some medical conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
You are a likely candidate for deep cleaning if your dental x-ray shows bone loss, or if your gums have been inflamed over a significant period of time. Another likely reason can be uncovered during dental examination. A probe may be used to check and measure your gum pockets. If your gum pocket is deeper than 4 millimeters, this is considered a sign of periodontal disease. At this point, deep cleaning will be recommended.
Make sure that you not only maintain good oral hygiene, but also visit your dentist, Doc ET as regularly as possible, in order to maintain you and your family's oral health.