Going to the dentist is an essential part of our health both physically and orally, and a deep cleaning can play a significant role in proper hygiene for your gums. When a dentist notices the signs that you have gum disease, they may recommend that you get a deep cleaning because it helps to avoid more serious damage such as tooth loss and even heart disease. You can also get a deep dental cleaning to enhance your current oral health goals.
During the process, your dentist does a more detailed job when performing routine dental cleanings, and they remove the tartar and plaque as well as cleaning the tooth’s root surface. If you have started to wonder whether you need a deep cleaning (and why) here are a few questions to help you learn more.
What are the signs I need a deep cleaning?
Because gum disease does not always cause pain, it can be difficult to detect when you need a deep cleaning. When you visit a dentist for routine cleanings, they will check the health of your gums. However, there are also some signs that will alert you before the appointment.
- Puffy and tender gums
- Increased redness of gums
- Gums that bleed
- Gums that recede from the tooth
- Persistent bad breath and unpleasant taste in the mouth
Other signs that you need a deep cleaning include visually seeing pus where the teeth and gums connect and loose teeth. If you notice that your gums hurt when you brush or chew, you could have gum disease.
What are the benefits of a deep cleaning?
Many benefits come with a deep cleaning, and you don’t have to notice the signs of gum disease to take advantage of this effective procedure. In fact, some people have deep cleanings once a year to ensure their oral health is top notch and to keep their smile bright and healthy.
Beyond keeping your smile healthy and attractive, patients find the benefits of deep cleaning range from preventing tooth loss to improving their overall health. Your oral health can often detect other medical issues such as cardiovascular disease, and a dentist takes this into account when recommending treatments.
When is the best time to get a deep cleaning?
You can schedule a deep cleaning any time of the year, and it can easily be completed at your routine cleaning appointment. If you haven’t noticed the signs of gum disease, but want to enhance your smile, ask your dentist about a deep dental cleaning. However, at the first symptoms of gum disease, you should schedule a consultation to find out if you are a good candidate.
If you have noticed the signs of gum disease or want to find out if deep cleaning is right for you, give us a call and we’d be happy to schedule you an appointment! Here at Desert Dental Group we make the health of your gums and teeth a priority, and we are ready to deep clean your teeth when you are!