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Middletown Dental
Dr. Pradeep Sukumar, DMD, MPH

What is the difference between a deep cleaning and a routine cleaning?

At Middletown Dental, routine cleanings are recommended for our patients every six months. This is also the time when Dr. Sukumar screens you for issues such as oral cancer, periodontal (gum) disease, and tooth decay. Our hygienist will also clean your teeth and remove the plaque that contributes to many of these conditions. Keeping up with your routine visits every six months helps to prevent many of the issues from happening in the first place.

A deep cleaning is recommended for someone who is suffering from gum disease. In the advanced stage of gum disease, known as periodontitis, patients will require a deep cleaning. This extensive cleaning, called scaling and root planing, reaches below the gum line to remove the plaque and tartar buildup that is causing an infection in your mouth.

During a deep cleaning, you will be numb to ensure that you don’t experience any discomfort. Dr. Conti, who is our periodontal specialist at Middletown Dental, will oversee this process and monitor your healing to ensure that your condition is being successfully managed.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for gum disease; however, with the help of your dental team and some additional cleanings throughout the year, you can successfully manage your condition and keep gum disease under control.

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