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Is there a regular pattern for deep cleaning?

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Posted by: 30th_tooth  (9 years ago)
Hi there!

I have a history of periodontal disease and for the past five years, my dental hygienist had required me to have deep cleaning three times a year. She told I have to keep doing this to prevent my gum problem from getting worse. This is not covered by my insurance so I have to pay for it. My gums are healthy now, they are not swollen, don't hurt and they don't bleed even during the cleaning process. I maintain a good habit of brushing, flossing and mouth wash rinsing. I also had a laser treatment with some success. I want to go back to the normal cleaning that I am covered for but my dental hygienist refused to it.

Is there a regular pattern for deep cleaning? I think having 3 deep cleanings in a year is too much. I am thinking of going to another dentist now.

Please advise. Thanks a lot!
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Posted by: ghnane  (9 years ago)
Deep cleanings help to combat the bacterial burden in periodontitis. However deep cleaning alone won't do the job you need good oral health habits such as brushing flossing and rinsing twice daily and avoiding sugary diet.

If you smoke it adversely effects periodontitis and thus must consider quitting.
Hygienists check pocket depth and bleeding index to monitor your unique category.
With good care and healing you can choose to have cleanings performed twice yearly.
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Posted by: SkyAngel  (9 years ago)
I and an acquaintance who both smoke were told to come in every four times a year. On another blog on this website someone who posted as a dnetist recommended a Sonic Toothbrush, a Cybersonic 3 or Oral B Pulsonic Slim. they stated gum disease can be reversed. I can't find the blog though.