A dentist may suggest a deep clean of your teeth in order to treat gum disease. Deep cleaning removes bacteria, plaque and tartar from your teeth as well as from below the gumline.

Key takeaways:

  • A deep clean can feel uncomfortable and your dentist may use a local anesthetic to ease any discomfort.
  • A scaling tool which also accesses areas where the gums have receded from the teeth is used to remove plaque and tartar.
  • Your dentist will smooth the tooth roots and gum tissue through root planing to help encourage the gums to heal.

“Gum scaling and root planing may be done during the same visit, or your dentist may schedule two separate visits to complete the deep cleaning process.”

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