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Gary A. Thodas & Kim X. Tran

Doctors of Dental Surgery

Gary A. Thodas & Kim X. Tran

Doctors of Dental Surgery

Gary A. Thodas & Kim X. Tran

Doctors of Dental Surgery

Cleaning

How often do I need to clean my teeth?

3/4/6 months cleaning schedule

A dental prophylaxis is better known as a dental cleaning. It is performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums while stopping the progression of gum disease known as gingivitis and periodontitis. Cleanings may be treatment planned between every 3/4/6 months depending on the severity of gum disease. We recommend that cleaning be performed twice a year as a preventative measure, but should be completed every 3-4 months for gum disease sufferers.


What is deep cleaning?

Scaling and Root Planing, also known as a dental deep cleaning, is very different from a regular cleaning. A regular cleaning focuses on the surfaces of the teeth and between teeth above the gum line. During a regular cleaning, the teeth are also polished. A dental deep cleaning removes bacteria, calculus, and debris that has 
collected under the gum line.

The presence of calculus under the gum line creates a safe haven for bacteria to collect, and cannot be removed by brushing, flossing or with a regular cleaning. The presence of this bacteria causes an immune response from the body. This immune response results in inflammation, to fight the bacterial infection.  If left untreated, the infection and inflammation will continue and progress further under the gum line, resulting in loose teeth and bone loss, and ultimately, the loss of one or more teeth.

Should I get deep cleaning?

Deep cleanings are diagnosed for patients with severe gum disease. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but prophylaxis is one of the tools Drs. Thodas and Tran can use to effectively halt its progression

 
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