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I was told I need a “deep cleaning” by my dentist. Is this necessary?

When someone is told they need a “deep cleaning,” they are referring to treatment of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease starts out as just inflammation of the gums caused by bacteria, plaque and the hardened plaque, called tartar, leading to gingivitis.

When it is not treated at this stage, it creates more gum inflammation and bone loss leading to periodontal disease.The toxins released by the bacteria break down the gum attachment leading to deeper pocketing around the teeth and eventually bone loss. At this stage, no tooth brushing, flossing or simple cleaning will treat the disease. It takes a skilled hygienist ….

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