Dental Regular Cleaning vs. Deep Cleaning: Understanding the Differences and Frequency

Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential for overall health, and regular dental cleanings play a crucial role in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. However, there are instances when a deeper level of cleaning is necessary to address more complex dental issues.

Regular Dental Cleaning also known as prophylaxis, is a preventive measure recommended for maintaining good oral health. It typically involves the removal of plaque and tartar buildup from teeth surfaces and the polishing of your teeth.

Deep Cleaning (Scaling and Root Planing) is a procedure designed to address more severe dental issues such as: periodontitis (gum disease) and deep pockets between your teeth and gums. A deep cleaning is often completed in 2 visits to remove the build up under your gums and smooth the roots of your teeth therefore disrupting the bacteria that lead to gum disease. In more advanced cases, your dentist will refer you to a periodontist ( a gum disease specialist) for follow up care. Have you ever wonder why your gums bleed while you brush or that your teeth are getting loose over time ?

How often should I schedule my teeth cleaning? The frequency of dental cleanings will vary depending on your individual oral health needs. Regular dental cleaning is usually scheduled every 6 months. However, a periodontal maintenance cleaning ( done after you had a deep cleaning) is recommended every 3 or 4 months vs. 6 months.

It is time to schedule your dental check so that your dentist can perform an exam and customize a treatment plan tailor to your dental needs. Call us today at 470-722-5591 to schedule with Dr Zidor!