Dentist Journal

What’s Involved in a Deep Clean and Why is it Better than my Toothbrush?

We likely all you know that daily toothbrushing is important for good oral hygiene. It’s great for general maintenance, however, a professional deep clean is essential to achieve the best oral health and prevent issues such as gingivitis and periodontitis.

Think of it as similar to the difference between decluttering your car or having it professionally detailed. There’s no comparison, right? Your toothbrush is the equivalent of the regular once-over. It’s like removing the drink bottles, leaves, spare hats, fingerprints and smudges from the car’s surface. A professional deep clean performed by your dentist is more like that heavenly buff, polish, vacuum and treatment of all the hard to reach nooks and crannies; the removal of odours, scuffs and stains that only specialist equipment and materials can treat. Your vehicle (or, in this case, your mouth) is left sparkling clean, smelling fresh, safe and ready for new adventures!

So, what exactly is deep cleaning?

Dental deep cleaning, also known as a “scale and polish”, is one of the most commonly performed dental procedures and part of a great routine dental visit. The process thoroughly cleans between the gums and teeth, removing stubborn plaque and microscopic biofilm buildup, ensuring gum and tooth health is maintained. Unlike conventional tooth brushing at home, the dentist is able to clean below the gum line, too, helping eliminate bacteria and tartar that can collect and cause damage – and even infection.

What to expect during a deep clean?

Usually, your dentist will do a preliminary examination and may xray the mouth to assess for cavities and other issues, determining the mouth’s general health. Biofilm and plaque are removed with a specially designed jet that eliminates stains, bacteria, biofilm and plaque from the tooth’s surface. Then, stubborn calculus is removed from around and under the gumline. After the process, take a moment to run your tongue along your teeth – they will feel deliciously silky-smooth!

It is normal to expect some level of discomfort, especially if your gum health is compromised and you have considerable build-up requiring removal. You may have minor bleeding around the gum line that resolves almost immediately after rinsing. It’s possible that you’ll walk away feeling fantastic, however, you may experience minor tooth soreness and sensitivity for the remainder of the day, with sensitivity resolving within a week or two. Remember, keep up to date with dental checkups. The more consistent you are with visiting your dentist Bentleigh East, the easier the process will be. We recommend a routine visit twice a year.

Maintaining oral health between deep cleans

It’s important to maintain your teeth and gums at home between scheduled visits to your dentist. Brush your teeth twice daily, for 2 minutes at a time, with a soft bristle toothbrush and toothpaste containing fluoride. Before brushing, floss teeth well to remove any residual food that may be trapped. Swilling with water after meals is another great practice to remove excess food and acids. Avoid highly sugary, carbonated or acidic foods, as these are damaging to the enamel and cause cavities.

Routine professional cleaning, along with great at-home hygiene practices, is your best bet to maintain top oral health and for the early diagnosis of any developing issues. Don’t delay. Book an appointment for your deep cleaning and checkup with the friendly team at Verve Dental today.