Is it painful having a deep clean at the dentist? 5 hygienist questions answered

Known around the world for being linked to hygienists, a deep clean or scale and polish can be extremely useful to have at least once a year.

dentist-walkerstonEven if you brush your teeth twice a day, avoid sugar and attend biannual check-ups twice a year, you still may have an accumulation of plaque under the gum line. While this may not seem like a worrying issue, unseen plaque can cause issues like gum disease which can become unpleasant.

While your regular dental team will be able to remove some of the visible plaque, if you have recurrent swellings around your teeth, you may need a deep clean to remove the debris that is beneath your gums to resolve the issue.

And this is where our team can help! Our dentist Walkerston has helped numerous patients regain their healthy smiles using a deep clean, and can offer you tips to keep your teeth and mouth healthy. After all, a healthy mouth can be the basis of a healthy body and we take your health seriously!

But some people are wary of having procedures like deep cleans performed. Here, our dentist  Walkerston answers the top 5 hygienist questions searched for online.

Do deep cleans hurt?

You may experience some discomfort when you come to our dentist Walkerston for a deep clean.

This will depend on 2 factors; how deep your pocket is (the space between your tooth and the gum) and the irregularities in your tooth’s root surface. However, we will aim to make you as comfortable as possible and can offer you a localised anaesthetic if requested.

How is gum disease treated?

Depending on the severity, our hygienist will use a myriad of techniques to treat it.

Firstly, a scale and polish will remove the plaque that is causing the inflammation. We may prescribe a medicated mouthwash and toothpaste, which will help to destroy any lingering bacteria. If it is a severe case of gum disease, we may also prescribe antibiotics.

My gums bleed when I brush, why is this happening?

While seeing blood when you brush is concerning, it may indicate that you are brushing your teeth too hard.

If you are brushing them lightly, this could point towards the formation of gum disease. Contact our team for more advice if you have concerns.

I have sensitive teeth, what should I do?

If your teeth are reactive to hot and cold stimuli, then you need to book a check-up with our team.

There are many causes of sensitive teeth, the key one being linked to microscopic holes in the enamel. Our team will assess the cause of the sensitivity and will fit a sealant or filling to alleviate the discomfort.

I am having a brace fitted; will I need to see a hygienist?

Having a fitted brace will require hygienist trips. Why? To remove bacteria and plaque that cannot be removed at home. This will reduce your chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease while you are wearing the brace.


All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.