A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit.
A dental hygienist will scrape away plaque and tartar from your teeth using a special instrument. Then, your teeth will be cleaned, polished, and flossed. Preventive cleanings are meant for those who do not have excessive plaque or tartar build-up on their teeth. If a patient is found to have more build-up than what can be taken care of by a preventive cleaning, they will be referred for a deep cleaning instead.
A deep cleaning is not necessary for every patient. You will be informed by your dental care team if you require one. It is a special type of cleaning that is focused on eliminating the excessive build-up of bacteria that causes gum disease. If you have gingivitis or a more severe case of gum disease, you will need a deep cleaning. The roots of your teeth will also be smoothed to eliminate pockets of bacteria.