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That's why you are supposed to brush and floss your teeth everyday, 2 x a day. Think of the deep cleaning like washing a blackboard with water. You get all the dirt off. But most days, you just wipe the blackboard with an eraser, which may leave a slight residue behind.
The same with your teeth, when you get a DEEP cleaning, they take a pick to your teeth and get all the plaque off from between the teeth, they get under the gums as much as possible and try to restore the damage we have done to our teeth over the years. Most people may need only one or two deep cleanings in their lifetime.
But after you eat, dentists recommend you brush your teeth to get the residue off right away. But most of us don't pay attention, brush our teeth maybe inconsistently or not well, don't floss, etc. That causes a build-up. So regular tooth brushing may get most of that off, but not all. So once or twice a year you go to a dentist, get a REGULAR cleaning, and that takes off some if not most of the gunk.
A deep cleaning is for someone who has neglected their teeth, or has a problem with plaque, or gingivitis. They usually do one or two sections of the mouth at a time.
But I understand the fear, too. I had a bad experience at the dentist one time, and now every time I have to go, I have to drink calming tea before and psych myself up for it. But I know if I don't go, my teeth will just get worse and worse.
If you don't want to go for a deep cleaning, you may be able to buy at the store some picks and things, and try to get off some of the plaque yourself, although I think its not recommended by dentists. You don't want to damage the enamel of the tooth.
Hope you feel better about going, at least for just a regular cleaning.
[QUOTE=kanded;5469042]That's why you are supposed to brush and floss your teeth everyday, 2 x a day. Think of the deep cleaning like washing a blackboard with water. You get all the dirt off. But most days, you just wipe the blackboard with an eraser, which may leave a slight residue behind.
The same with your teeth, when you get a DEEP cleaning, they take a pick to your teeth and get all the plaque off from between the teeth, they get under the gums as much as possible and try to restore the damage we have done to our teeth over the years. Most people may need only one or two deep cleanings in their lifetime.
But after you eat, dentists recommend you brush your teeth to get the residue off right away. But most of us don't pay attention, brush our teeth maybe inconsistently or not well, don't floss, etc. That causes a build-up. So regular tooth brushing may get most of that off, but not all. So once or twice a year you go to a dentist, get a REGULAR cleaning, and that takes off some if not most of the gunk.
A deep cleaning is for someone who has neglected their teeth, or has a problem with plaque, or gingivitis. They usually do one or two sections of the mouth at a time.
But I understand the fear, too. I had a bad experience at the dentist one time, and now every time I have to go, I have to drink calming tea before and psych myself up for it. But I know if I don't go, my teeth will just get worse and worse.
If you don't want to go for a deep cleaning, you may be able to buy at the store some picks and things, and try to get off some of the plaque yourself, although I think its not recommended by dentists. You don't want to damage the enamel of the tooth.
Hope you feel better about going, at least for just a regular cleaning.[/QUOTE]


So they do use a pick to clean the teeth along the gum line, or do they do more than that?

Because I keep hearing different things, people saying a deep cleaning of the teeth means, it involves scaling and rooting of the teeth and gums.

Others say a deep cleaning is a deep brushing of the teeth and gums no pick used.

While others say it uses the pick and is a regular brushing etc.

Which is it and does it really hurt?
[QUOTE=kanded;5469042]That's why you are supposed to brush and floss your teeth everyday, 2 x a day. Think of the deep cleaning like washing a blackboard with water. You get all the dirt off. But most days, you just wipe the blackboard with an eraser, which may leave a slight residue behind.
The same with your teeth, when you get a DEEP cleaning, they take a pick to your teeth and get all the plaque off from between the teeth, they get under the gums as much as possible and try to restore the damage we have done to our teeth over the years. Most people may need only one or two deep cleanings in their lifetime.
But after you eat, dentists recommend you brush your teeth to get the residue off right away. But most of us don't pay attention, brush our teeth maybe inconsistently or not well, don't floss, etc. That causes a build-up. So regular tooth brushing may get most of that off, but not all. So once or twice a year you go to a dentist, get a REGULAR cleaning, and that takes off some if not most of the gunk.
A deep cleaning is for someone who has neglected their teeth, or has a problem with plaque, or gingivitis. They usually do one or two sections of the mouth at a time.
But I understand the fear, too. I had a bad experience at the dentist one time, and now every time I have to go, I have to drink calming tea before and psych myself up for it. But I know if I don't go, my teeth will just get worse and worse.
If you don't want to go for a deep cleaning, you may be able to buy at the store some picks and things, and try to get off some of the plaque yourself, although I think its not recommended by dentists. You don't want to damage the enamel of the tooth.
Hope you feel better about going, at least for just a regular cleaning.[/QUOTE]


I went for a regular cleaning and honestly don't think the dentist did a good job of it. All the nurse did was clean my teeth with the electric tooth brush, barely flossed me, and thats it, besides the xrays.





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