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Deep Cleaning

Twice a year fishing boats in search of clams and scallops release enormous traps that scrape the ocean floor, cleaning anything that gets in their way. Similarly, a dentist in search of tartar scrapes your teeth if you visit twice a year as recommended.

If you’re in New Jersey fishing for clams instead of visiting your local downtown Los Angeles dentist, you may have skipped your recommended visits. Maybe the perfect storm hit and you lost your scallops, setting you even farther behind schedule and visiting the dentist. Whatever your excuse is for not getting your teeth cleaned you’ll need deep cleaning to compensate for procrastinating. Like bottom-dwellers that breed on the ocean floor, plaque or tartar grows on your teeth from food, bacteria, and saliva – the perfect storm. Plaque or tartar can be removed by brushing and flossing regularly, but if inadequately cleaned, plaque and tartar will harden into calculus.

Calculus grows on the sides, bottoms, and innards of teeth – the sections hardest to clean with a manual tooth brush.  Over time, calculus roots under your gum line, infecting the gums and causing periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease may be afoot (or should I say, “atooth”) when you see bleeding while flossing or brushing your teeth. To confirm if you have periodontal disease, contact your local downtown Los Angeles dentist, who can treat it and your calculus with deep cleaning.

If you plan to keep your teeth to bite into clams and scallops, you should get your teeth deep cleaned when needed. Deep cleaning requires your dentist to take an X-ray and look for tooth decay. Next, a supersonic cleaner or manual device will vibrate or scrape the calculus under your gum line, stopping the invasion. You may experience more bleeding during and after treatment, but keep a regular routine of flossing and brushing regularly to avoid experiencing deep cleaning again.