southport dental care

Having your teeth cleaned by a professional dental hygienist is a healthy part of a solid, lifelong plan to keep your teeth, gums, and your smile, the best they can be for the rest of your life. Even the best toothbrushes and tooth paste, floss, and even the dedication to a strict regimen of brushing and flossing daily may not provide all the protection you need, especially if enjoy exotic foods, drink coffee or tea, or perhaps even smoking.

That’s why making a professional teeth cleaning appointment with Southport Dental Care is something you should be doing. A professional cleaning will help you maintain the health of your teeth and gums and will save you thousands of dollars down the road in dental treatments that could have been avoided. Teeth cleaning by one of your terrific hygienists is much more affordable than you might think. Call our office today and schedule a cleaning, you’ll be glad you did.

What you need to know about the Teeth Cleaning Procedure

Teeth cleaning is part of good oral hygiene and involves the removal of dental plaque from teeth with the intention of preventing cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Dental hygienists can remove hardened deposits not removed by routine cleaning. We recommend a teeth cleaning by a dental hygienist every year.

When your gums start to recede from age or otherwise, and you notice you have bad breath, you may be suffering from a dental disease known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is caused by bacterial accumulation under the gum line that may lead to symptoms such as swollen, bleeding gums and sensitive teeth. This condition may require more than the traditional dental cleaning to ensure optimal dental health.

Dental Cleaning


Scaling is a procedure that cleans deep under the gums and removes plaque and tartar buildup caused by bacterial accumulation in pockets under the gum line. The procedure is performed using a scaler (metal dental instrument) inserted under the gum line and used to scrape the accumulated material off the teeth. This procedure is most often performed if you have receding gums and moderate to advanced stages of periodontal disease.

Root Planing

When the teeth are coated in plaque or tartar buildup, the gums will often pull away and detach. This will lead to receding gums associated with gingivitis. Root planning smoothes the top area of the tooth with the use of a scaler. This allows the gums to reattach to the resulting smoother plane. Root planing is also performed for patients suffering from periodontal disease who have receding gums.


The procedure for both root planning and scaling is done in quadrants. There are four specific quadrants in the mouth, with two on the top row and two on the bottom row of teeth. Depending on the severity of the periodontal disease, all quadrants may be done at once, or in separate office visits. Generally, local anesthesia and other numbing agents are used on the gums before and during these procedures to prevent pain.


For the gums to properly heal after a root planning or scaling procedure, floss at least twice daily, and brush down on your gums to encourage reattachment. In addition, you may want to use warm salt-water rinses to alleviate discomfort after the procedure. Over-the-counter pain medication is usually sufficient to stop the most severe pain.


Deep cleaning procedures can cost anywhere from $100 to $500 per quadrant. Cost variables include the severity of the condition, and whether you choose pain medication during the procedure. Office visits, X-rays and other dental services may include additional fees.