You may have heard the term “deep cleaning” associated with gum disease. Dental professionals refer to the procedure as “scaling and root planing.” Whichever you choose to call it, it’s not nearly as bad as it sounds and it’s a big plus in the treatment of periodontitis that has advanced beyond the initial stage.

The goal of a deep cleaning is to get rid of the bacteria that has collected under the gum line. Receding gums is a common symptom of gum disease leaving “pockets” in the space left behind where bacteria can collect. The procedure may be done in quadrants extending over up to four visits in all. A local anesthetic will be given and any after effects of the procedure will be minimal. In some cases and antibacterial gel may be applied.

After the initial deep cleaning your dentist will recommend that you come in for a regular cleaning every three months. The hygienist will measure the depths of the pockets between your teeth and gums at scheduled intervals to make sure that there has been improvement.

Home care is an important part of the treatment for gum disease. Routine brushing and flossing is a given but your dentist may also recommend that you begin to use an antibacterial mouthwash for added protection.

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