If you have been diagnosed with gum disease or have not visited the dentist in a while, Dr. Jee Lee or Dr. Yong Kim may recommend a deep dental cleaning. Sometimes referred to as scaling and root planing, this thorough cleaning works to remove plaque, calculus and harmful bacteria so that you can enjoy improved oral health.

What Is Deep Cleaning (Scaling & Root Planing)?

Deep dental cleaning, or scaling and root planing, is a comprehensive dental procedure designed to address gum disease. This process involves two primary steps:

  • Scaling, which eliminates plaque and tartar (dental calculus) from both the tooth’s surface and beneath the gumline.
  • Root planing, which involves cleaning the roots of the teeth to create a smooth tooth root surface to hinder bacterial reattachment.

Scaling and root planing may be completed in a single visit or be split into several appointments, during which our dentists will treat one section of your mouth at a time.

When Is Scaling & Root Planing Recommended?

Scaling and root planing is typically recommended when gum disease is detected. It is often one of the first treatments recommended after you are diagnosed with this condition, and has proven to be highly effective in managing gum disease in its earlier stages to improve oral health.

Some common signs of gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gum recession
  • The formation of pockets between the teeth and gums

Our dentists will check your mouth for signs of gum disease during your regular dental exams, and will work with you to create a treatment plan if you are diagnosed.

Benefits of Deep Dental Cleanings

Deep dental cleanings offer a range of benefits. They effectively manage the progression of gum disease, decrease inflammation and enhance overall oral health. By eliminating harmful bacteria and encouraging improved gum attachment, deep cleanings contribute to a brighter and healthier smile.


After you receive a deep cleaning procedure you should take care to maintain good oral hygiene at home. This includes flossing daily and brushing at least twice a day. Ideally, you should brush after each meal and before bed. We recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoridated toothpaste.

Please also take care to make and keep your regular dental visits every six months, as this will reduce your risk of developing dental problems and allow our dentists to monitor your oral health and ensure you receive the care you need.

Schedule Your Appointment

To learn more about deep dental cleanings in Anaheim, California, and schedule an appointment with our experienced dentists, contact Dental Group of Anaheim today at 714-635-5500.

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