Skip to main content

What is a Deep Dental Cleaning and Who Needs One?

Nearly half of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of gum or periodontal disease. That figure increases to 70.1% for adults older than 65 years

Gum disease can wreak havoc on your oral health. Left untreated, it can lead to deterioration of your jawbone, which can be seen in a dental x-ray. As bone loss progresses, your teeth become loose and can eventually tooth loss.

The good news is that gum disease can be reversed  treated early,

At Downtown Dental Studio in the Financial District of Downtown New York City, our dental and periodontal experts conquer gum disease with state-of-the-art deep dental cleanings.

Deep dental cleanings go well-beyond routine, bi-annual cleanings. In fact, it entails cleaning not just your teeth but also under your gumline. Here’s why deep cleaning is your best defense in tackling periodontal disease.

Plaque: Enemy No. 1

Gum disease starts innocently enough: In the early stage, gingivitis, your gums can become red and swollen and may bleed. Other signs of gum disease include:

Untreated gingivitis can progress quickly to periodontitis. During periodontitis, your gums pull away from your teeth, creating pockets where more bacteria can collect and cause further damage.

Who needs a deep cleaning?

Deep cleaning is generally recommended when there are pockets of more than 4 millimeters between your gums and teeth. This occurs when bacteria damage supporting tissue and bone, resulting in deep pockets that provide a larger space for bacteria to thrive. 

The deep dive

Deep cleaning requires anesthesia and several follow-up visits to ensure the infection has been cleared and your gums are healing.

The procedure consists of two steps:

After your deep cleaning, it’s essential to maintain healthy teeth and gums with good home hygiene. That means brushing twice a day, flossing at least daily, and coming in for routine dental cleanings and a check-up every six months.

To learn more about gum disease prevention and treatment, book an appointment online or call us today.

You Might Also Enjoy...

3 Reasons You Need a Nightguard

A night guard is a medical device that is custom-fitted for your mouth. It helps people suffering from bruxism and can prevent several serious side effects of this condition. Learn the reasons why a night guard will help you.

Can Invisalign Fix My Overbite?

Did you know Invisalign can be a helpful solution to the oral health and cosmetic issues caused by an overbite? Learn how Invisalign can benefit you and why many people choose this option.
Why Are My Gums Disappearing?

Why Are My Gums Disappearing?

You may think gum recession is a simple part of aging, but in many cases, it’s a sign that something’s wrong with your oral health. Learn about why gums start to disappear, whether your teeth are under threat, and what you can do.
7 Reasons Why Your Breath Smells Bad

7 Reasons Why Your Breath Smells Bad

Did you know bad breath can be acute, chronic, or even imagined? Depending on your situation, it can help to understand why your breath smells bad. Then, you can decide what to do to solve it.

Do Cavities Ever Go Away on Their Own?

Cavities are a form of severe tooth decay, causing a hole to form in your tooth enamel. You might not notice it right away, but once you realize it’s there, can you hope it goes away on its own?