Dental Deep Cleaning
At North County Health Services, we want to help all of our patients and their families live a healthy life. From eating better to getting the right treatment and medication, we help patients of all types get from where they are now to an even healthier lifestyle. We want to provide as many health services as possible to help our community get the treatment and procedures they need.
This is why North County Health Services provides professional dental care services for our patients. We regard oral hygiene very highly and know that it can positively impact individual’s overall health when done right. Maintaining oral health is a combination of two practices.
The first is using regular, daily oral hygiene habits to reduce the chance of plaque buildup and keep the mouth clean. The second is to visit your dentist regularly for a checkup and professional cleaning. At North County Health Services we provide a variety of different dental services to help you avoid getting a cavities and keep your smiling looking great!
Dental Deep Cleaning
In the presence of gum disease, a “regular” cleaning is may not be sufficient. For this condition your dentist may recommend periodontal therapy known as scaling and root planing, or a “deep cleaning”. Dental deep cleaning is different than an ordinary dental hygiene visit. While a regular prophylaxis involves cleaning the surfaces of teeth and the areas between them, deep teeth cleaning is far more involved.
During a deep cleaning treatment, teeth receive professional attention to help remove bacteria, tartar, and other harmful debris that has started to collect beneath the gum line, which can no longer be removed by normal brushing and flossing alone.
When tartar builds up on the teeth, it creates a rough surface environment for harmful bacteria to multiply in the mouth, which can lead to other dental complications like bone loss and loosening of teeth. With deep cleaning, teeth and gums are able to maintain a far healthier state.
Diagnosing Gum Disease
Determining whether or not you have gum disease may not always be easy to tell on the surface. This is why it’s vital to schedule dental deep cleaning if recommended by your dentist. Depending on the severity of the diagnosis, only one quadrant (¼th of the mouth) is affected by the disease. In more severe situations, it can spread throughout the entire mouth.
How to Know If You Have Gum Disease
At the core of the matter, a gum disease diagnosis means that when the dentist probes the periodontal pockets between your gums and teeth, they find areas where the gum has separated from the tooth by about 4 millimeters or more.
When there’s a substantial gap like that between your gums and the teeth, it creates an opportunity for calculus/tartar to develop, which then creates an environment for harmful bacteria to grow with ease. This is particularly hard to treat once it begins, as you cannot remove it with brushing, flossing, or even from your dentist’s regular cleanings.
At this point, dental deep cleaning is your only solution.
Contributing Causes of Gum Disease
There are a few causes that contribute to an increased risk of gum disease.
- Other medical conditions (e.g., diabetes).
- Being pregnant, which can lead to temporary moments of inflammation.
- Extended periods between regular professional dental cleanings or check ups.
- Inconsistency with brushing and/or flossing.
Treatment of Gum Disease
The best way to treat gum disease is to prevent it in the first place through consistent dental hygiene habits (brushing and flossing) and regular dental cleaning visits with your favorite dentist. However, for any number of reasons, individuals may not be able to keep up on their dental hygiene or fall behind on regular dental cleaning visits.
At this point, a solution for gum disease is through deep cleaning. Teeth, your gums, and your mouth occasionally need a more thorough form of cleaning in order to treat more significant forms of dental issues. Through deep cleaning dental procedures, your dentist will be able to get right into the center of the issue to remove bacteria, calculus, and debris that has since collected underneath the gum line.
The deep cleaning cost will vary from situation to situation and dentist to dentist. You can always give us a call to learn about deep cleaning. Teeth need to be well maintained, but your gums also need regular attention. With deep teeth cleaning, we go beyond treating surface level issues and instead get to the core of the issue to remove any harmful bacteria and residual debris from beneath your gum line.
Locations for Dental Service
North County Health Services has a number of dental oriented locations available to all of our patients:
- Perris Health Center – (951) 956-2400
- San Marcos Health Center – (760) 736-6767
- Ramona Health Center – (760) 789-1223
- Oceanside Dental – (760) 736-6767
Contact us today to learn more about our deep cleaning and our other dental services. Dental habits are very important for maintaining good oral hygiene and improving your overall health. Feel free to send us questions or ask us for additional directions to our health or dental locations.