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UNVEILING THE DEPTHS OF DENTAL HEALTH: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF DEEP CLEANING



DEEP CLEANING

Embark on a journey into the world of deep cleaning—a fundamental aspect of preserving your smile and overall health. In this comprehensive guide, we'll unravel the mysteries behind deep cleaning, exploring how it's done, its distinction from routine dental cleaning, and the consequences of neglect. Discover why prioritizing your dental care ensures a healthier, brighter smile.




DEEP CLEANING

What is Deep Cleaning?


Deep cleaning, scientifically known as scaling and root planing, transcends conventional dental cleaning. It comprises two essential procedures:


Scaling:


Thorough removal of plaque and tartar, extending beneath the gumline, utilizing advanced scaling instruments.


Root Planing:


The meticulous smoothing and cleaning of tooth root surfaces to eliminate bacteria, fostering gum health.


How is Deep Cleaning Done?


Distinguishing it from routine cleaning, deep cleaning involves a more intricate process:


Comprehensive Examination:


An in-depth assessment of your gum health, probing for signs of inflammation and pocket depth.




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Scaling Below the Gumline:


Targeted removal of stubborn plaque and tartar, reaching areas unreachable by routine cleaning.




Root Planing for Healing:


Smoothing the root surfaces to facilitate gum reattachment and prevent further bacterial accumulation.


Local Anesthesia:


Deep cleaning is often performed under local anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.


Advanced Technology:


Utilization of ultrasonic and manual instruments for precision and effectiveness.


Deep Cleaning vs. Routine Dental Cleaning:


Scope:


Routine cleaning addresses surface-level plaque, while deep cleaning targets sub-gingival deposits and bacterial growth.


Purpose:


Deep cleaning is therapeutic, treating existing gum disease, whereas routine cleaning is primarily preventive.


Depth of Cleaning:


Deep cleaning goes deeper into the base of the pockets surrounding your teeth, ensuring a more comprehensive removal of harmful substances.


Consequences of Neglecting Deep Cleaning:


Gum Disease Progression:


Untreated gum disease can escalate, leading to periodontitis, bone loss, and compromised tooth stability.


Tooth Loss Risk:


Progressing gum disease heightens the risk of tooth loss due to deteriorating bone support.




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Systemic Health Implications, Including Heart Issues:


Neglected gum disease has links to systemic health issues, particularly heart problems. Click HERE to learn more.





DEEP CLEANING

Embrace the depths of dental health with deep cleaning—a cornerstone of preventive and therapeutic oral care. By understanding its significance, how it differs from routine cleaning, and the potential consequences of neglect, you empower yourself to make informed decisions for a healthier, brighter smile.

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Graduated with honors from the University of California, Davis (U.S.A.), major in biochemistry and molecular biology, Dr. Yu has further obtained his dental degree (Doctor of Dental Medicine) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (U.S.A.).  Dr. Yu is qualified to practice in the US, Singapore and Hong Kong, and has over 10 years of practicing experience in the US before starting both practices in Hong Kong and Singapore.

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Dr. Chrissie Lam graduated from University of California, Berkeley (U.S.A.) with a bachelor degree in Nutritional Science before earning her doctorate degree in dentistry from University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (U.S.A.). In her 10 years of practice she took care of her patients, both in U.S.A. and Singapore with her warm demeanor and excellent clinical skills. 

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