A dental cleaning (or prophylaxis) is a necessary and very important part of oral health. Cleanings can range from simple, “above-the-gums” to very involved “deep cleanings”. The determining factor is you! A healthy mouth without gum recession, bleeding, bone loss or deep pockets will benefit from a simple prophy. On the contrary, a mouth which shows signs of periodontal or gum disease will require more attention which involves scaling and root planing therapy followed by more frequent periodontal maintenance cleanings.
Periodontal disease is a slow and painless condition. It is not uncommon for people to overlook the signs. That is why it is recommended that a person have a professional cleaning at least twice a year. This way, we can monitor for any changes and stop the damage before it gets serious.