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Is a deep cleaning something that should be done regularly? i had a deep cleaning performed at the dentist during my last visit, and my teeth have felt great. i know this isn't something to have done every sixth months, but is it something that should be

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
The : The deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) were probably needed because you hadn't had a professional hygiene visit in a while. Now that the tissues around your teeth are healthy and tight, it feels great. Keep brushing and flossing daily, and visit your dentist regularly. With routine check-ups and cleanings, you will minimize the need for deep cleanings.
Dr. Lee Patalowski
Specializes in Dentistry
Deep : Deep cleanings (scaling and root planing) is a procedure that is typically done when the distance of the pockets around your gum to the supporting bone is greater than 4mm. This is determined by a dentist or dental hygenist that actually measures it in 6 points around the tooth. The procedure is usually done under local anesthesia.
Dr. Neil McLeod
Prosthodontics 49 years experience
Deep : Deep cleaning needs to be performed as long as you have deep gum pockets that have calculus adherent to the tooth surface or evidence of infection below the gums. The goal is provide this treatment and train the patient to look after the mouth so well that pockets are reduced and the source of the infection is eliminated. So the answer is regularly as long as you really need it! dr neil mcleod dds dentistry that last - quality that counts.
Dr. Alan Zweig
Dentistry 45 years experience
If : If you keep your mouth clean and healthy by brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist regularly, there shouldnt be a need for a deep cleaning. The purpose of it is to remove deposits below the gums that you yourself cannot remove by routine maintenance, and that routine prophylaxis at your dentist's office will miss. If your teeth and gums are healthy, there will be no deposits there, no space for them and no unhealthy gum tissue.

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