Overview of Check ups
Check ups should be performed every 6 months to ensure optimal dental health. Checkups almost always include a complete cleaning and a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and mouth, looking for signs of disease or other problems. Some check ups require X-Rays to check for any damage that is not on the surface.
Using special instruments, a dental hygienist will scrape below the gumline, removing built-up plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease, cavities, bad breath and other problems. When the teeth are not cleaned, they become weaker and more susceptible to infections and, in some cases, tooth loss.
Regular Cleaning vs Deep Cleaning
Regular cleanings are performed to help maintain the cleanliness of the teeth, to prevent cavities, and help fight off off gum diseases. The tartar has not invaded the gums, so it is able to be removed using a scaler. However, when tartar build-up becomes too much, it can only be removed through a deep teeth cleaning.
A deep cleaning teeth goes beyond the tooth’s surface. It helps remove tartar and debris that accumulates in the roots of the teeth. The sessions are quite demanding and sometimes require more than a single visit, unlike regular cleaning.