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What does it mean when my dentist says i need deep cleaning?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Your dentist should be able to explain what is going on in your mouth in a way that you understand. Don't hesitate to ask for a better explanation. Generally deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing, is done when there are deep spaces under your gums that accumulate bacteria and toxins, inflammation, periodontal infection will destroy the bone around the teeth if if is a remove.

Answered Jan 19, 2014

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Dr. Jeffrey Briney answered

Specializes in Dentistry

You probably were diagnosed with a certain level of periodontal disease which means that you have deeper pockets around your teeth caused by calculus built up on your roots leading to bone loss and gum disease. The procedure involves removing this calculus and making sure that the roots are smooth in order to get healthy tissue to produce healthy pockets for you to maintain.

Answered Feb 25, 2014

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Dr. James Andrea answered

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When you have a regular cleaning it is preventative in nature..Or there is early warning signs. When a deep cleaning becomes necessary you have neglected to adequately clean your teeth effectively and it will take more time and be more thorough than just polishing your teeth. Not everyone is able to follow the same schedule for maintenance. Our chemistry is different.

Answered Jul 11, 2014

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