Cornell Dental

Deep Cleaning

A deep cleaning is needed when there is a larger amount of bacteria and tarter 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.

Deep cleaning is also known as scaling and root planning. Removing plaque and tarter from the teeth’s surface and gum pockets is known as scaling, while root planning involves removing plaque and tarter from the surface of the roots. Unlike regular cleanings, it can take more than one appointment for the cleaning to be performed due to the extensiveness of the cleaning needed. In some cases, a follow up visit may also be needed to monitor the health of the teeth and gums, especially if pockets have formed.

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.

Regular 6-Month Cleaning

At your 6-month checkup with your dentist, a regular cleaning is performed to maintain healthy gums. The cleaning is used to remove the buildup of bacteria and tarter that accumulates in between the teeth and gums between regular cleanings. With proper cleanings, brushing, and flossing, bacteria is kept to a minimum to keep the gums healthy.