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What is a Deep Cleaning at the Dentist? Marietta, GA

What is a Deep Cleaning at the Dentist?

Dental Cleanings Marietta GA

It is common and encouraged for you to give your house or your car a deep cleaning on a periodic basis. You may also have heard the term “deep cleaning” from your dentist. When it comes to your teeth, however, a deep cleaning isn’t just a more thorough version of a routine dental cleaning. In fact, it may not even be recommended for all patients. While a regular dental cleaning is suggested every six months as a means to prevent disease and decay, a “deep cleaning” is used to treat disease that is already present.

A deep cleaning is also referred to as “scaling and root planing.” It is the treatment of choice to address mild to moderate gum disease. If you are suffering from symptoms such as red, puffy or bleeding gums, you may benefit from a deep cleaning to reverse these early signs of gum disease. If you are experiencing more advanced stages of periodontal disease, such as receding gums or loose teeth, a deep cleaning can save your smile by giving your gums the chance to return to optimal health.

Unlike a regular teeth cleaning that involves removing plaque and debris from the teeth and polishing the surface of your smile, a deep cleaning involves going below the gumline. During a scaling and root planing, we can remove disease-causing bacteria in the deep pockets of gum tissue that have formed due to gum disease. We also clean and smooth out the surface of the tooth roots so that bacteria can’t continue to grow and the gums can reattach. Gum disease is essentially an infection within the soft tissues that support your teeth, so a deep cleaning is the means to eradicate the infection and support healing. If left untreated, gum disease leads to tooth loss and many other serious health problems that have been linked to chronic oral disease.

Has your dentist suggested that you get a deep cleaning? It’s not an offer for a “Deluxe Car Wash” rather than a “Basic Car Wash” for your teeth. What it means is that you are presenting with signs of gum disease and a deep cleaning is your first line of therapy. Therefore, a deep cleaning is not an optional treatment and should not be delayed.

To learn more about a deep cleaning for your smile and why you may need it, please call Gilreath Dental Associates!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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