The Difference Between Routine Cleanings & Deep Cleanings

When it comes to professional dental cleanings, your dentist actually offers two different types of services: routine dental cleanings and deep dental cleanings. While it may sound like both of these dental services do the same thing, they don’t.

Routine dental cleanings and deep dental cleanings are two very different dental services. We will take a closer look at the differences between routine dental cleanings and deep dental cleanings.

Regular, Routine Dental Cleanings are for Maintenance Only

Routine dental cleanings are designed to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy. It helps you maintain your oral health by removing bacteria and tartar from hard-to-reach areas in your mouth.

Even if you regularly brush your teeth, your toothbrush won’t remove all the bacteria and plaque in your mouth. A professional routine dental cleaning will remove the minimal bacteria and tartar that has built up so you don’t end up with tooth decay, gum disease, or cavities.

In addition to removing minimal bacteria and tartar build-up, a routine dental cleaning polishes your teeth. Polishing your teeth gives you a brighter and whiter smile by eliminating and removing some stains and discoloration.  

Professional Deep Dental Cleanings Go Beyond Basic Oral Hygiene Maintenance

A professional deep dental cleaning, which is often called a scaling and root planning, does clean your teeth and gums, but it goes much deeper than a general cleaning. Instead of just removing the minimal tartar and bacteria that has formed on the surface of your teeth and gums, a professional deep cleaning will go below the gum line to remove deep pockets of bacteria and extensive tartar buildup.

Some of the same things cleaning procedures and techniques that are done during a routine dental cleaning are performed during a deep dental cleaning. However, there is one difference – the use of antibacterial gel or rinse.

The antibacterial gel or rinse works to clean and disinfect the area around your teeth. It removes the bacteria from around the pockets and gives your teeth and gums. Once the bacteria is removed, your teeth and gums have a chance to start to heal. After the healing is completed, your oral health will dramatically improve.

Who Needs a Routine Dental Cleaning?

Everyone, no matter your age, needs regular routine dental cleanings. The amount of routine dental cleanings you will need will depend upon your oral hygiene, previous dental problems, and genetics. Some people may be able to come in for a regular routine dental cleaning every six months, while others may need to come in every three months.

It may seem time-consuming to have to constantly schedule routine dental cleanings, but it saves you a month. Undergoing regular dental cleanings helps prevent you from needing to go through the costly, painful, and time-consuming of a deep dental cleaning.

Who Needs a Deep Dental Cleaning?

Not everyone will need a deep dental cleaning. In fact, some people could go their entire lives without ever needing one.

Typically, a deep dental cleaning is recommended when you haven’t undergone a routine cleaning in a while or if you haven’t brushed and flossed regularly. A deep dental cleaning may be recommended if you have a history of gum disease or if you are a smoker.

How Do I Know What Type of Dental Cleaning I Need?

The dentists at Bonham Dental Arts can help you determine what type of dental cleaning you need during your examination. During the examination, your dentist will use a specialized tool that will measure the pockets around your teeth and gums. If the pockets measure four or more, your dentist will recommend a deep cleaning. If a deep cleaning is needed, you will need to make a separate appointment.

Call Bonham Dental Arts today to schedule an appointment for a routine dental examination. If you don’t need a deep cleaning, our dentists and dental hygienists will be able to perform a routine cleaning on the day of your exam. Call us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you at our office!