istock 1034931478 Dental professionals have access to specialized tools and techniques that allow them to successfully and thoroughly clean the teeth and gums during a patient’s routine evaluations. This is why it is important that patients see their dentist regularly, even if they brush and floss each day without fail. Sometimes, patients may need to have a deep cleaning performed, especially if it has been a while since they’ve visited the dentist or if they have certain conditions that have developed such as gum disease. Traditional deep cleanings and periodontal cleanings are two different types of treatments available with Dr. Joseph Cavallo of Woodbridge, VA.

Periodontal cleanings vs. regular deep cleanings

  • Regular deep cleanings – regular deep cleanings are performed every six months during a routine dental examination. The dental hygienist uses tools to remove plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth and gums. During the cleaning, the hygienist can look for any unusual signs of problems such as periodontal disease or tooth decay and bring them to the attention of Dr. Joseph Cavallo during his physical evaluation. These cleanings may be done in conjunction with x-rays to monitor overall oral health and wellness.
  • Periodontal cleaning – patients who have been diagnosed with conditions such as periodontal disease will need a much deeper cleaning than those who have not. These cleanings, sometimes referred to as “scaling and root planing,” help in cleaning the teeth more thoroughly, such as the roots of the teeth. This is a more invasive cleaning, but needs to be done to return the smile to its original health and wellness quickly and easily. These cleanings are often done in conjunction with antibiotic therapy to control the infection and help heal the smile and restore its health.

Schedule your time with Dr. Joseph Cavallo today

Woodbridge, VA area patients who are in need of a deep cleaning of the teeth are welcome to book their first appointment and examination with our team of professionals. Call (703) 490-5888 to request a visit at our facility, located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive. We are open to new and established patients and families in the community and surrounding areas who are interested in the best care in the area.

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