Dental Deep Cleanings and Your Halloween Reminder

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Halloween is here which for most kids means access to all kinds of free candy and sweets. Well, let’s be honest, most adults have a sweet tooth and will likely be tempted into the candy frenzy this Halloween. Dental health is therefore of top priority if you want to protect you and your children’s teeth from the devastating effects of cavities. Halloween is the perfect time to ask yourself “When did I last have a teeth cleaning?” If it has been a while, you might be a candidate for a dental deep cleaning.

Dental Deep Cleaning

Dental deep cleaning also is known as Scaling and Root Planing and is a procedure that involves the removal of tartar, bacteria below the gum line. It is different from regular cleaning which involves cleaning the surfaces and in between teeth above the gum line. Typically a dentist performs a deep cleaning dental procedure to treat periodontal and gum disease. Additionally, this procedure can also be administered to a person that hasn’t undergone regular cleanings each and every six months.

The Procedure

A scaling and root planing procedure requires a minimum of two visits to the dentist or the entire mouth can be dealt with in one visit depending on your dentist’s recommendation and diagnosis. The dental hygienist typically performs the procedure using a manual scaling tool or ultrasonic or electric instruments.

1. The dentist or oral hygienist uses an instrument known as a probe to measure the area around your teeth for pocketing. Pocketing refers to space between the teeth and gum in which bacteria will form. Ideal normal and healthy pockets will be no more than 3mm deep. However, if the pockets exceed a depth of 5mm then your dentist can prescribe a deep cleaning procedure with the dental hygienist.

2. They will numb the treatment area in order to reduce the likelihood of pain and discomfort.

3. Removal of tartar and plaque from the teeth’s surface and from the pocket area between the gums and teeth. This is also performed on the surface of your teeth’s roots.

4. The dental hygienist carefully shapes and planes the root of your teeth so as to eliminate any places where bacteria colonies can collect in the future.

5. Finally, your dental hygienist or dentist may provide relevant recommendations and demonstrations.

Recovery Care after Deep Cleaning

After a deep clean dental procedure, it is important to give your teeth ample time to fully recover because it is somewhat intrusive in nature. While your personal oral hygienist may give you their own set of guidelines they are likely to more or less mirror the following dentist tips we have compiled below.

1. Your dental hygienist might recommend an antibiotic plan that you can follow. They might prescribe the use of an antibacterial mouthwash.

2. If experience tenderness or discomfort in the treatment area, your dentist may recommend an over the counter pain medicine.

3. You should absolutely stay away from spicy seasoning and hard foods for the next few days.

4. Follow regular oral hygiene such as flossing and brushing as per your oral hygienist’s instructions and recommendations.

5. Make sure to return for a check-up appointment to make sure that everything is healing well.


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