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A deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planning, is one way that your dentist can prevent, and even reverse gum disease.  When you see your dentist, he will measure the depth between your teeth and your gums, which is known as a gum pocket. If your gums are healthy, your gum pockets will be around three millimeters deep. If they are five or more millimeters in depth, your dentist may want to give you a deep cleaning. If you have not kept up with your dental appointments, your dentist may suggest a deep cleaning.

The process may take two appointments, and you may need a local anesthetic. During scaling, the dentist will use a dental tool or in some practices a sonic device to remove to the plaque and tartar from your teeth above and below the gumline. Then, the dentist will clean and smooth the roots of your teeth, so they will maintain a healthy connection to your jaws. If you maintain a good brushing and flossing regimen, your gums should begin to heal. Your dentist will want to see you for a follow-up visit, and if your gums aren’t healing, further treatment may be needed.

If it has been a while since you have seen your dentist, or if you are concerned about gum disease, our dentist, Dr. David Crabtree will be happy to see you for an exam and a consultation. If you would like to make an appointment at Crabtree Dental Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, call 719-599-7453 today to plan your visit.