How A Deep Cleaning Protects Your Periodontal Health

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When you have major plaque and tartar buildup on your smile, this could soon lead to issues like gingivitis and gum disease, which in turn threatens your smile’s stability. But with a deep cleaning, we can control the buildup and help manage your gum health. In today’s blog, your El Paso, TX, dentists talk about the benefits of a deep cleaning.

The Impact of Serious Plaque and Tartar Buildup

Plaque and tartar pose a serious risk for your oral health. Plaque is a bacterial byproduct that develops when harmful oral bacteria consume particles of sugar and starch. This creates a sticky layer that coats the teeth and increases the risk of tooth decay, gingivitis, gum disease, and even bad breath and teeth stains. Over time, this hardens into tartar. Brushing and flossing can limit how much plaque accumulates, but it cannot remove the buildup from the teeth. If the layers become severe, then a traditional cleaning isn’t enough. Instead, you need a deep one, also known as a periodontal cleaning.

When to See Us

If you haven’t seen the dentist in a long time, or if you begin to notice gum recession, soreness, redness, or bleeding in your smile, then you should contact us right away. Our team will conduct a detailed and thorough examination to assess the cause and extent of your periodontal concerns. If you need treatment, we can administer it to help protect the health of your smile, and to prevent the late stages of periodontal disease that are linked to not only worsening symptoms, but also adult tooth loss as well.

The Deep Cleaning

First, we will administer a local esthetic to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure. While a dental cleaning removes buildup from the teeth, this also removes plaque from the exposed portions of your roots. Using an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual pick, we will thoroughly remove all plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth, including the buildup on your roots and along the gum line. The process could take one visit, or in severe cases, two to four. We then polish the teeth afterward, which brightens the smile and provides a smoother surface. Afterward, we will suggest a traditional one every three to four months to manage the disease and safeguard your smile.

If you have any questions about improving your periodontal health with a deep cleaning, then contact our team today.


We would love to help you enjoy optimal periodontal health once again. If you’re ready to see our team for preventive dental care, then contact our Sunny Smiles location on N Zaragoza Rd in El Paso, TX at 915-849-9000.