Did you know that till the age of 50, people tend to lose about 12 of their permanent teeth? While the loss of permanent teeth usually happens due to incidents like vehicular accidents, sports injuries, or violence, you may also lose permanent teeth due to cavities, gingivitis, or periodontal disease.

The reason behind such dental problems is the plaque build-up and decay. To avoid this, you need to get a dental clean-up done at regular intervals. However, how can you know if basic dental cleaning or deep dental cleaning is more beneficial?

Here is some help for you. Read more to know which is a better way is to ensure optimal dental health!


Basic Dental Cleaning

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, everyone should have a basic dental cleaning once every six months. During a basic clean-up, your dentist will first examine your teeth and gums and take an overview of plaque build-up. They may also check the state of your gums.

Thereafter, they clean your teeth with a variety of cleaning tools like a scaler, tooth polisher, a small water hose, and a suction hose.  Your dentist will also work on removing the hard bits of tartar from spaces such as between teeth, below the gum line, and some nooks on crowns.  During this process, you may experience some discomfort or sensitivity; however, it is temporary.

Following this, your dentist will use polishers with flavored polish which tastes like sweet tasting gummy sand.  With this polish, your dentist will then rub off the remaining tartar and polishe the enamel.  With this process, you can have a silky smooth feel to your teeth after rinsing. Next, your dentist will instruct you to floss and ensure that every bit of loosened plague is rinsed.  Those who have sensitive gums may experience a little bleeding during this process.


Deep Dental Cleaning

While basic dental cleaning helps you get rid of the stubborn plaque and tartar, deep cleaning is recommended in two cases: 1. When you have more amount of plaque build-up which requires thorough cleaning; or 2. When you are suffering from moderate gum disease.

In case your dentist recommends deep cleaning, it means you are on the verge of severe tooth decay and/or gums problems. During a deep cleaning, your dentist will follow a two-step process of deep scaling and tooth root planning. This process is more extensive, deeper under the surface of the gum line and along the tooth’s surface. For this, your dentist will use a manual metal scaling tool, and also ultrasonic or laser instruments.

Root planning consists of removal of plaque.  Typically, your hygienist will use an ultrasonic device to vibrate the plaque off from the surface. Thereafter, they will use a manual tool called a curette which is similar to a scaler but has a tiny and fine blade to ensure that every piece of plaque is removed.

In order to safeguard your teeth from bacterial infection, your dentist will moisten the entire area with an antibiotic medication. Apart from this, the deep dental cleaning also involves a deeper examination and cleaning of the gums to prevent gum problems and advent of gingivitis or periodontal disease.


As a conclusion, we may say that opting for basic or deep dental cleaning depends on the condition of your teeth and gums and also the extent to which you maintain your daily dental hygiene.

Whichever cleaning you require, Stephen’s General Dentistry can be your trusted source for all dental services in Muskogee. Simply call us at (918) 683-2010 to get started!