Periodontal Therapy. A general cleaning is a procedure that is recommended every six months. Even though visiting the dentist twice a year may seem like a lot, two short visits a year will potentially prevent a life time of dental problems and worry.
Periodontal Disease. Also known as advanced gum disease, periodontal disease is an ongoing infection in the pockets around the teeth. The deeper the pockets, the more infection you have and the more serious the risk. Advanced gum disease sometimes requires the dentist to clean below the gum line.