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Deep Cleaning Your Teeth: When to Do It

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01 December 2022

Deep cleaning is a type of dental procedure that involves removing plaque and tartar from your teeth and below the gum line. Plaque and tartar can build up over time and lead to tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, deep cleaning is often recommended for people with periodontal disease, an infection of the gums. 

The Effects Of Gum Disease 

Gum disease is a gum infection that can cause tooth loss, bone loss, and other serious health problems. Gum disease occurs when plaque, a film of bacteria, sticks to the teeth and causes inflammation in the gums. Plaque becomes tartar when it hardens, which is much more difficult to remove. If plaque and tartar are not cleaned on time, they can cause the gums to become inflamed and infected.  

Symptoms Of Gum Disease 

There are some symptoms of gum disease, including: 

– Bad breath that does not go away with brushing or flossing 

– Red, swollen, or tender gums 

– Bleeding gums 

– Receding gums 

– Loose teeth  

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Types Of Deep Cleaning Procedures 

There are two types of deep cleaning procedures: scaling and root planing. Scaling is the process of removing plaque and tartar from your teeth. Root planing is the process of eliminating plaque and tartar from below the gum line. 


Scaling is usually done with a special instrument called a scaler. The scaler is used to scrape the plaque and tartar off your teeth. Scaling can be done with a manual scaler or an electric scaler. 

Root Planing 

Root planing is usually done with a special instrument called a periodontal curette. The curette scrapes the plaque and tartar off your teeth and from below the gum line. Root planing is usually done in two visits. The first visit is to remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth. The second visit is to remove the plaque and tartar from below the gum line.  

Is scaling and root planing painful? 

Most people do not find scaling and root planing to be painful. However, some people may experience some discomfort during the procedure. If you have sensitive teeth, your dental care provider may give you local anaesthesia to numb the area before starting the process.  

Importance of Using High-Quality Instruments in Deep Cleaning Procedures 

Modern dental instruments and machines are essential for a successful procedure. When you visit the dentist, they should be able to see all of your teeth with ease using high-quality equipment that will ensure precision during procedures like deep cleaning. 

An endoscope is a long, thin tube with a tiny camera at the end. The endoscope magnifies the inside of your mouth so your dentist can see any areas of concern more clearly. This helps the dentist to provide a more accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. 

A dental laser is another essential tool your dentist may use during a deep cleaning procedure. A dental laser is a high-powered beam of light that can be used to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Dental lasers are very precise and can be used to target specific areas of your mouth without damaging the surrounding tissue.  

After A Deep Cleaning Procedure 

After a deep cleaning procedure, taking care of your teeth and gums is vital. It would help if you brushed your teeth before your first meal and after dinner every day. Also, flossing at least once a day is a must. Finally, you must see your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups.  

What happens if you ignore deep cleaning for too long? 

If you do not get a deep cleaning when your dentist recommends it, the plaque and tartar will continue to build up on your teeth and gums. This can lead to more severe problems such as gum disease, bone loss, and tooth loss. But on the other hand, ignoring it can lead to serious dental issues like gum disease. So, if your dentist suggests you get a deep cleaning, schedule an appointment as soon as possible. 

If you have gum disease, it is essential to treat it early. Gum disease can be treated with a deep cleaning procedure, antibiotics, and/or surgery. If you feel you have gum disease, it is best to see our dentist, who can examine your mouth and confirm the same. If needed, our dentist will carry out deep cleaning of your teeth to prevent the problems from increasing in future. Book an appointment with us by calling (03) 9646 2577 or emailing at .  


Can anyone get deep teeth cleaning done regularly?  

Most people can get deep cleaning done for their teeth, although it is typically recommended for people with gum disease or at a high risk of developing it. Your dentist or hygienist will numb your gums and use special tools to remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Deep cleanings are usually done in two visits and may require additional maintenance cleanings after that.  

Is deep cleaning expensive?  

Root planing and scaling vary in price according to the dentist’s fee schedule, but on average, the cost of these procedures is about AUD 300.00 – $500.00 per session. 

It’s essential to have a regular dental check-up every 6 months, and if you have any signs of gum disease (e.g., redness, swelling, bleeding), then it’s best to get diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Gum disease is a common problem that can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Early diagnosis and treatment are vital in preventing more severe problems down the road. 

How often do I need deep teeth cleaning?  

The short answer is that most people need deep teeth cleaning (also called scaling and root planing) every two to four years. However, the frequency with which you need this procedure depends on various factors, including your overall oral health, your gum tissue health, and whether you have any areas of dental decay or tartar buildup.  

Some people who are at high risk for gum disease may need deep teeth cleaning more often than others. For example, people with periodontitis (advanced gum disease) may need the procedure done every three to six months. And people with severe tartar buildup may need to have it done more frequently.  

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