Deep Cleaning vs. Routine Cleaning. What's the difference?

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When was the last time you visited the dentist? If it's been 6 months or even over a year, there's a high probability you need to have your teeth deep cleaned. An evaluation by your dentist will determine whether or not you need a regular cleaning or a deep cleaning. While many believe the two are the same, there is a big difference between the two procedures.

Deep Cleaning
A deep cleaning is needed when there is a larger amount of bacteria and tartar buildup. When “pockets” form due to gum disease, the bacteria and tarter fill these pockets. When it’s not removed, it opens the door to a number of oral health complications, such as periodontal disease and eventual tooth loss. This treatment can take more than one appointment for the cleaning to be performed due to the extensiveness of the cleaning needed.

For those who have periodontal disease, a deep cleaning can actually help reverse the progression of the disease. In fact, many see results within 3 months of having their teeth deep cleaned.

Routine Cleaning
When you visit your dentist for routine cleanings, we can detect tooth decay early, which can save you time, money, and your teeth! A regular cleaning is performed when you visit your dentist twice a year and maintains the general cleanliness of your teeth. The main goal of regular dental cleanings is to eliminate plaque and calculus that build up under the gum line.

Regardless of how great your at-home oral hygiene routine is, your teeth will still collect plaque and tartar over time. This is precisely why routine cleanings every six months are important. 

Schedule your deep or routine cleaning at Hospitality Dental & Orthodontics today!

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