At Cannon Dental in Salt Lake City, Utah, Dr. David Cannon encourages patients to visit twice a year for a routine dental cleaning procedure and oral health examination. While this is the recommendation, many patients fail to do so. The longer you go without a visit to the dentist, the more at risk you are for dental health complications. While brushing and flossing at home go a long way towards maintaining good oral health, there are many reasons why one may need deep teeth cleaning from their local dentist.
The Importance of Getting a Dental Cleaning
We all have many daily responsibilities, which can lead to neglecting setting up a dental appointment for a routine cleaning and exam. However, many benefits to getting your teeth cleaned go beyond cosmetics. Dental cleanings:
- Will make future visits to the dentist cheaper
- Allow for the removal of any stains for a brighter smile
- Reduce the risk of developing gum disease and tooth loss
- Allow your dentist to detect early signs of dental health issues and oral cancer
Warning Signs You May Need a Deep Clean
When tartar is allowed to build up, gum disease progresses, and you may not even know it because gum disease does not always present itself through visible symptoms. When you visit your dentist for a cleaning, they will examine your teeth and gums to determine if a deep cleaning is necessary. Some signs you should watch out for include:
- Red, inflamed or bleeding gums
- Tender gums
- Chronic bad breath (halitosis)
- Constant unpleasant taste in your mouth
- Receding gumline
What Is Deep Cleaning?
Deep cleaning is also called a scaling and root planing appointment, which is recommended due to the signs of advanced gum disease. Other reasons a deep cleaning may be suggested include:
- To prevent any tooth loss
- To improve your oral and overall health
- To lower your risk of diseases linked to gum disease, such as heart disease
During your deep cleaning, tartar will be removed above and below the gum line, including the pocket area between your teeth and gums. This will generally require some amount of local anesthesia. Afterward, your gums may bleed for a while.
To learn more about getting a deep dental cleaning, please reach out to Cannon Dental. To schedule an appointment, please call (801) 406-9985.