Going to the dentist is one of the least favorite things to do for many people. Their fear of having their teeth examined can lead some people to skip going to dentists for years. For these patients in Houston, TX, our dentist in 77074 at the Salinas Dental Group may recommend deep cleanings when patients finally come in for examinations and cleanings.

What is Deep Dental Cleaning?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that adults have routine examinations and teeth deep cleanings every six months to ensure the health of their teeth. However, if you haven’t been to the dentist for several years, or you’ve developed gum disease, you may need a cleaning known as scaling and root planing.

Our dentists at Salinas Dental Group in Houston, TX, can perform this type of cleaning, also known as deep cleaning, to remove plaque and tartar on your teeth and gums. Although you can remove plaque from your teeth by brushing them, once it hardens and becomes tartar, your toothbrush will not be able to remove it from your teeth.

What Takes Placing During a Deep Cleaning Procedure

During scaling and root planing, dentists use fine instruments called curettes to scrape calculus, or tartar, from teeth. These instruments can be sharp and, since the dentist works along the gum line, you may receive sedation to help you relax and relieve any discomfort that you experience.

If your gums are pocketing around your teeth, then the dentist will also clean in and around the pockets to remove tartar and debris. In some cases, the dentist may prescribe antibiotics if they notice an infection in your gums.

Deep Cleaning as a Gum Disease Treatment

One of the most common reasons for deep cleanings is to treat periodontal disease. If you have gum disease, then our dentists at Salinas Dental Group may want you to get scaling and root planning more frequently than twice a year. The cleanings help to maintain the periodontal treatments you’ve had and are referred to as periodontal maintenance.

For patients who haven’t been in to see us in Houston, TX, for several years, one of our dentists will probably recommend deep cleanings to them to remove plaque, tartar, and debris around their teeth and gums to get their teeth healthy.