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My dentist said I need a deep gum cleaning. What is that?
I had to have a deep cleaning. The hygienist said I had a pocket of 5 mm. So instead of just removing plaque and stuff from the surface of my teeth, they had to go into the area between my tooth and gum and get rid of the bacteria and stuff from there. It was a bit of a pain because it took two visits, but I was okay with that rather than just waiting for the hard-core gum disease to set in and make me lose a tooth or something!
A deep cleaning is to help treat periodontal disease. It involves removing plaque, tartar, and bacteria above and below the gum surface. Also, the roots of the teeth are also smoothed to prevent future accumulation of bacteria. This treatment helps gums to heal.