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Deep Cleaning vs. Regular Cleaning

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Southbridge Dental Care offers more than routine cleanings and examinations, which help maintain and promote the health of your teeth. Are you experiencing the early stages of gingivitis, or gum disease? You might require a specialized treatment that goes beyond a routine cleaning, known as a deep cleaning. Below, we’ll explore the differences between a regular cleaning and deep cleaning, both of which we offer at our Southbridge, MA dental office.

What Is a Regular Dental Cleaning?

Most patients receive twice yearly regular cleanings and examinations as part of their oral health care regimen. At Southbridge Dental Care, here’s what you can expect during your regular dental cleaning:

  • X-rays if required
  • A professional cleaning, including tartar removal, polish with special gritty toothpaste, and flossing
  • Fluoride treatment
  • Examination and consultation

Designed to be preventive, regular dental cleanings help assess and maintain positive oral health. If you are looking to address a particular issue, like brightening your teeth or restoring your smile, we invite you to explore some of our other treatment options.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is a progressive disease. It occurs when bacteria under the gumline flourish due to lack of consistent oral hygiene practices, poor diet, excessive smoking or alcohol consumption, or genetics. As gum disease progresses, it can cause the gums to separate from the teeth. In severe cases it can result in tooth loss.

Deep Cleanings for Gum Disease Treatment

During a typical deep cleaning, your dental hygienist will first remove tartar and plaque under the gumline. If you have advanced gum disease, then you might also be a candidate for scaling and root planing treatment. After the tartar and plaque are removed, the roots of your teeth are smoothed to help the gums reattach to your teeth. This is often done over several appointments with anesthesia to make the treatment more comfortable.

Comprehensive Dentistry in Southbridge, MA

At Southbridge Dental Care, we offer a range of services to help improve the health and appearance of your smile, no matter what you need. Give us a call or schedule an appointment online to get started!

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