When You Need Deep Cleaning

Deep cleaning, or periodontal therapy is used to remove plaque, tartar and bacteria from your teeth and under the gumline. It is used to treat gum disease.

Key takeaways:

  • A dentist uses a scaling tool to clean below the gumline.
  • Root planing helps smooth roots and gum tissues back, so they reattach to teeth.
  • The dentist may prescribe antibiotics if infection is present.

Gum disease is reversible if caught early. If you are experiencing sore, bleeding gums, see your dentist.

“…dentists typically use a local or topical anesthetic to help reduce discomfort during the procedure.”