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Deep Cleaning

A deep cleaning (a.k.a. Scaling and Root Planing) is very different than a routine cleaning (a.k.a. Prophylaxis).

A routine cleaning focuses on preventive dental care and the maintenance of healthy teeth and oral tissues by the removal of calculus, plaque, and common stains. Typically performed twice a year by a Registered Dental Hygienist or dentist, it is usually completed in one appointment.

A deep cleaning is a therapeutic procedure designed to help avoid periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is caused by a buildup of calculus, plaque, and stain on the crowns and root surfaces of teeth. It can begin as localized gingival inflammation and progress to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and the bone that supports the teeth. Left untreated, this disease progresses to the ultimate loss of teeth.

In periodontal disease, gingival tissue may detach (pull away) from teeth, and periodontal pockets form. Scaling and Root Planing is intended to provide a healthy tissue environment in which tissues re-adapt to normal tooth surfaces.