What is Deep Cleaning at the Dentist?

Surrey Dentists: What is a deep cleaning?

Regularly visiting the dentist is necessary to maintain your oral health. Various needs can be met when you visit your local Surrey dentists, including checkups, root canals, X-rays for closer inspection of the teeth, and cleanings. But unbeknownst to some, there is more than one available cleaning that can take place at a dentist’s office, one of the primary ones being a deep cleaning. Deep cleaning is a more thorough oral cleanse that helps restore your gums and teeth to better health. 

Here is all the information you need about getting a deep cleaning at the dentist, what it entails, and the benefits. 

What is a deep cleaning?

Deep cleanings, also known as scaling and root planning, are when utilized when there is a significant amount of bacteria and tartar buildup on the surfaces of someone’s teeth. If this buildup is not tended to, gum disease and loss of teeth are far more likely to occur. The deep cleaning process consists of the removal of this buildup, and it could take more than one appointment to complete a deep cleaning. The deep cleaning will become more extensive if pockets have formed where bacteria can get into. 

Why a patient would require it

When a routine cleaning is performed, and signs of gum disease are explicit on the gum line, a deep scaling is usually necessary. When gum disease is caught early enough, the damages it can cause can be reversed with a deep cleaning. Studies have indicated that receiving a deep cleaning from a dentist is an effective non-surgical procedure to reduce the chances of advanced gum disease and reverse the impacts it has already made on the gum line, with signs of progress visible within three months.

What to expect during a deep cleaning

When receiving a deep cleaning, you can expect your Surrey dentists to carefully and delicately remove the plaque and bacteria below the gum area and from the picket area that is located between the gums and teeth. These pockets are formed from inflammation because of the buildup. Dental professionals will push back the gum tissue, and the exposed root areas are then smoothed out to remove what is causing the inflammation to help the gums reattach. 

What is Deep Cleaning at the Dentist?

Dentist doing a deep cleaning on a patient

Signs you need a deep cleaning

It can be hard to decipher whether you need to get a deep cleaning as the early stages of gum disease aren’t so easy to detect. Here are some of the signs that indicate you might need a deep cleaning:

  • Perpetual bad breath and bad taste in the mouth
  • Detaching teeth
  • Sensitive gums that easily bleed
  • Swollen gums
  • Gums that are pulling away from the teeth


There are many proven benefits of deep dental cleanings that far outweigh the modicum of discomfort that will be felt during the procedure. Some of these benefits include:

  • Halting any gum disease advancements 
  • Treat an infection within the mouth and induce healing
  • Protecting the roots of your teeth
  • Eradicating bad breath
  • Healing inflammatory and sensitive gums
  • Stopping gums from swelling and bleeding

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