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20 Mar 2024

You may not know this, but maintaining good oral health is crucial to overall health and well-being. Cavities, gum disease, and bad breath are always the first signs of deteriorating oral hygiene. However, the repercussions of poor oral health go beyond the mouth, research has shown that poor oral health is linked to an increased risk of systemic diseases (heart disease, diabetes, and stroke).

Good oral health can be easily maintained if one regularly practices good oral hygiene habits. These include activities such as brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist for a regular dental cleaning. 

Without the proper care, bad oral hygiene can lead to complex gum disease, also known as periodontitis. In such situations, you have to go for a deep dental cleaning. Also known as scaling and root planing, this procedure is the first step to regaining good oral hygiene.

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment in which dentists remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and root surfaces below the gum line. This procedure helps eliminate bacteria and infections that can cause gum disease and other oral health problems. A deep dental cleaning can prevent tooth loss, enhance the appearance of teeth, and promote better overall health.

 

What steps are involved in a deep dental cleaning session? 

When you visit a dentist for a deep cleaning session, this is how the procedure should be structured out:

  • Patient understanding and preparation

The first step of any medical procedure, not just a deep cleaning operation, is to understand the patient’s medical background. At Singh Dental Center, we will ask  you questions to understand your complete medical history. Once this is done, we take an x-ray to identify which areas of your mouth need attention. After going through your medical history, Dr. Singh then applies a local anesthetic, to numb you of any pain during the procedure. From here, the medical investigation starts by ecamining your gums for signs of gingivitis or periodontitis.

  • Scaling

After determining the extent of the damage done, the provider will start the first stage of the deep cleaning process – scaling. The process involves removing the accumulated plaque present both above and below your gum line. There are various tools used for this, which can include a dental scaler, or a vibrating ultrasonic tool with a water spray. 

  • Root planing

After the removal of plaque, root planing is done to smoothern out rough areas around the teeth roots. While most may not know this, smoothening your teeth can make it more difficult for bacteria to stick to them. Root planing is the critical third step in the total procedure.

 

What are the benefits of deep cleaning?

We’re sure you get the importance of the deep cleaning procedure. However, these are some benefits you may not know: 

  1. Prevents the Progression of Periodontal Disease: Deep teeth cleanings can effectively prevent the further growth of periodontal disease. Therefore, its important to remove plaque and tartar deposits along the gum line.
  2. Reduces the Risk of Cavities: Deep teeth cleanings reduce the risk of cavities by removing plaque and tartar from the tooth surface. 
  3. Eliminates Bad Breath: One of the initial symptoms of deteriorating gum health is persistent bad breath. This is because bad oral hygiene makes it easier for bacteria to grow inside your mouth. Deep dental cleanings remove these bacteria and associated bad breath.
  4. Improves Overall Oral Health: Gum health has been linked to playing an important factor to overall health. Regular deep dental cleanings promote healthy gums, and protect your tooth roots and jawbone. This improves the overall appearance of the mouth, giving you a brighter, healthier smile.

Maintaining good oral health is crucial to our overall well-being – this cannot be stated enough. Deep cleaning prevents dental problems and keeps our teeth and gums healthy. So please make sure to schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings. 

If you you have dental concerns or problems, consult a dentist to discuss your concerns.  Call Singh Dental Center at 209-833-0020 or walk-in to  our clinic at 385 W Grant Line Rd, Ste 101, Tracy, CA 95376, to schedule your appointment. . The dedicated and experienced team at Singh Dental Center in Tracy, California, led by Shailaja Singh, DDS has been in practice for more than 15 years and believes in empowering her patients with the knowledge that maintaining their oral health plays an essential role in their overall well-being.