If you’re confused about the difference between a regular teeth cleaning and a deep cleaning, you’re not alone! While both cleanings are important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, there are a few key differences between the two.
A regular teeth cleaning, also known as a prophylaxis, is typically recommended every six months for people with healthy teeth and gums. During a regular cleaning, a dental hygienist will use special tools to remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth above the gumline, and then polish them to give them a nice, shiny finish. This type of cleaning is generally quick and quite comfortable, and can help keep your teeth looking and feeling great.
A deep cleaning, on the other hand, is a more involved process that’s usually recommended for people with signs of gum disease. During a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, a dental hygienist will use specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar buildup not only from the surface of your teeth, but also below the gumline. This helps to clean out the pockets that form between your teeth and gums, which can become infected if left untreated. While a deep cleaning may take longer than a regular cleaning and may cause some soreness afterward, we’ll make sure you’re completely numb and comfortable during the procedure. Deep cleanings are an important step in treating and preventing gum disease.
So, which one do you need? If you’re not sure, your dentist or dental hygienist can help you determine the right cleaning for your needs based on your oral health history and current condition. The most important thing is to stay on top of your dental cleanings and checkups to keep your smile healthy and beautiful!
Remember, whether you’re getting a regular cleaning or a deep cleaning, you’re taking an important step towards maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile.
Don’t hesitate to schedule your next cleaning with Dental Arts of Hastings-on-Hudson today!