Why you might need deep cleaning
Hygienists offer a professional teeth cleaning service, a process called scaling and polishing. During the appointment your hygienist will carry out an initial dental hygiene examination. They will then:
Scale your teeth to remove any plaque or tartar build-up in those areas brushing cannot reach.
Perform a clean and polish to remove any superficial stains on your teeth
Offer tailored advice on how to maintain good dental health and demonstrate techniques you can use at home.
Your hygienist will also provide advice about diet and preventing tooth decay.
They can spot signs of gum disease and will refer you to a dentist or periodontist if they see anything that needs further treatment.
The scaling part of a deep clean involves removing plaque and tartar from the surface of teeth and from the pocket area between the teeth and gums.
During the root planing part of the deep clean, we will remove the plaque and tartar from the surface of the roots of your teeth.
Aftercare following a deep clean
A follow-up appointment after a deep clean is necessary to confirm that your gums and teeth are getting healthier and to check that there is no pocket depth.
If a high level of oral hygiene is followed after this, your gums should become healthier and three month visits should reverse gum disease.