Everyone knows what it’s like to deep clean something. Maybe you spruce up your bathroom or kitchen from time to time. However, you still need to deep clean these places every so often in order to get stains out of the grout work. Deep cleaning is an important part of maintaining a sanitary environment. The same goes for your mouth. Brushing and flossing regularly is like light cleaning. However, if you don’t clean thoroughly, bacteria can still develop in pockets. When this happens along your gum line, you’re at risk for gingivitis. A deep cleaning — through scaling and root planing — can rid these areas of bacteria and keep you gum-disease-free.

Scaling and Root Planing Clears Bacteria from the Gum Line

If you exhibit the signs of gingivitis, you’ll want to address them right away. Your dentist can provide treatment that reverses the condition. However, if your problem matures into gum disease and periodontitis, this condition is not reversible. Your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning via scaling and root planing. This process allows your dentist to access the area beneath the gum line and remove this bacteria. That’s the scaling portion. Once your tooth roots are clear, your dentist will then polish them. That’s the planing portion.

Don’t Get Nervous About a Deep Clean

Any involved dental procedure can create some hesitation and anxiety for some people. Don’t let this get in the way of receiving the treatment you need. Your dentist can provide local anesthetic, or even nitrous oxide if you feel more comfortable. In the end, what’s most important is that you receive the care you need in order to prevent gum disease from maturing into periodontitis.

Talk to Your Dentist About a Deep Clean Today

Dr. Roberts and the Greenhaven staff provide a comfortable care environment for children and adults alike. If you have a problem, talk to the Greenhaven team about how best to proceed. A deep cleaning now may save you from a lifetime of gum health issues and treatment. Schedule an appointment by contacting Greenhaven Family Dental in Baxter, MN at 218-454-0523.