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Gentle Teeth Cleanings

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One of the most important things a patient can do to maintain or improve their oral health is to schedule dental cleanings as part of routine and preventive maintenance. Even during your cleanings, the dentist or hygienist can spot problems early and help you avoid more costly dental treatments.

Even if a patient has excellent daily habits of thorough brushing and flossing, a professional teeth cleaning is recommended every 6 months. Not only can we access areas that are impossible for you to reach with a toothbrush and floss, but our instruments are capable of removing plaque or tartar that builds up over time, leading to gum disease and tooth decay.  At Beachside Dental, we gently remove any plaque or calculus (tartar) deposits, without harming your teeth or causing unnecessary discomfort. Our patients always comment on how smooth and healthy their teeth feel afterwards!

So...what's the difference between a "regular cleaning" and "deep cleaning"???? 

A “regular cleaning” or prophylaxis, focuses on cleaning the areas of your teeth at or above the gum-line.  This is an appropriate treatment for patients with zero to moderate plaque accumulation, and normally performed on patients who see a dentist regularly for their cleanings.  However, the condition known as periodontitis is very common and affects 47% of adults 30+ years old in the United States.  Patients with a diagnosis of periodontal disease need to have a "deep cleaning" to actively treat their infection.  

This type of special cleaning consists of two techniques: 1) Scaling occurs when your dentist removes all the plaque and tartar (calculus) deposits above and below the gum-line, making sure to clean all the way down to the bottom of the pocket. 2) Root planing involves smoothing out your teeth roots to help your gums reattach to your teeth. Scaling and root planing may take more than one visit to complete and may require a local anesthetic for your comfort. A tooth that has been scaled and root planed  free of tartar buildup has a better chance of allowing the gum tissues to heal and reattach to it. As a result, some deep gum pockets can be reduced after a deep cleaning.

When performing your oral examinations at Beachside Dental, Dr. Savidan will provide you with an honest assessment of your periodontal condition.  With the best interests of the patient in mind, we don't "up-sell" periodontal treatment that is unnecessary.  However, we will recommend any treatment which we feel is necessary for achieving your optimum oral health.  Please feel free to discuss your periodontal treatment needs with Dr. Savidan and our friendly staff!