Dental Cleanings Vs. Periodontal Deep Cleaning

kaniacleaningOver time, our teeth accumulate plaque buildup, which can eventually harden into tartar if steps aren’t taken to remove it. Removal often involves a dental cleaning. However, some patients may require a more in depth preventive option. What’s the difference between a routine cleaning and a periodontal deep cleaning?

Why Do We Need Our Teeth Cleaned?

Our mouth contains hundreds of different forms of bacteria. Some are beneficial, while others are harmful. The harmful kind can break down food particles, increasing the level of oral acidity while coating the teeth in plaque buildup. Without proper brushing and flossing the plaque can harden in tartar, which requires a professional cleaning to remove. However, without removal tartar can inflame the gums, leading to a higher risk of developing gum disease.

Dental Cleaning

A routine cleaning can be performed by a periodontist, dentist, or hygienist. Using manual tools in most cases, the tartar is removed from the surfaces of the teeth. The teeth are then polished, leading to a smoother finish, brighter appearance, and fresher breath. This routine procedure should be done as recommended by your doctor.

Periodontal Deep Cleaning

What if tartar has accumulated and you are experiencing the warning signs of gum disease? Then you require a more substantial cleaning. A periodontal deep cleaning involves scaling and root planing. An ultrasonic scaler removes hardened tartar from the surface of the teeth. A root planing removes the buildup that accumulates on the root surfaces. The procedure can then improve oral health and reduce gingival inflammation. If you have any questions about our periodontal deep cleanings, then contact our office today. Remember, early warning signs of gum disease may include soreness, redness, or bleeding when you brush or floss.


As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Ann M. Kania is specially qualified to diagnose and treat issues concerning periodontal tissue and the supportive structures of a patient’s smile, as well as place dental implants to restore teeth lost to dental disease or trauma. Dr. Kania also offers the Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) for minimally-invasive, scalpel-free gum grafting. To seek Dr. Kania’s expertise, contact her office today at (760) 642-0711.