You Are Showing Signs of Gum Disease
In performing a routine evaluation, a dentist looks for signs of gum disease, gingivitis, by measuring the depth of the spaces between your teeth and gums. These spaces, called periodontal pockets are typically 3 millimetres or less in normal individuals. However, if you have gum disease, the spaces may be deeper. This is a reason why a dentist might recommend that you receive a deep cleaning.
Your Oral Care At Home Isn't Enough
If you already have gum disease, your dentist may decide that your oral care at home isn't enough to effectively manage your gum disease. As a result, the dentist might recommend that you come in for a deep cleaning.
A deep cleaning is actually the first line of treatment for helping to avoid having mild gum disease progress into an advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis. Deep cleanings can also help you to avoid the most drastic treatments of gum disease.
Removal of Dangerous Bacteria
In some cases, a deeper teeth cleaning also involves the application of antimicrobials to kill bacteria below the gumline. This is a specialised treatment that would not take place during a routine cleaning, which would greatly help to reduce build of bacteria that can lead to infections.
Ultimately the goal of a deeper cleaning is to help you to preserve your teeth and gums. If your dentist has recommended a deeper cleaning, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. A recommendation for a deeper cleaning means that the dentist has uncovered some issues during a routine checkup and you should address them right away before the problems worsen.
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