Gum Disease Maintenance

It only takes twenty-four hours for plaque that is not removed from your teeth to turn into calculus (tartar)! Daily home cleaning helps control plaque & tartar formation, but those hard to reach areas will always need special attention.

Once your periodontal treatment has been completed, your dentist & dental hygienist will recommend that you have regular maintenance cleanings (periodontal cleanings), usually four times a year. At these cleaning appointments, the pocket depths will be carefully checked to ensure that they are healthy. Plaquecalculus that is difficult for you to remove on a daily basis will be removed from above & below the gum line.

In addition to your periodontal cleaning & evaluation, your appointment will usually include:

  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, & bone loss.X-rays also help determine tooth & root positions.
  • Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
  • Examination of tooth decay: Check all tooth surfaces for decay.
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, cheek tissues, & gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Oral hygiene recommendations: Review & recommend oral hygiene aids as needed. (Electric toothbrushes, special periodontal brushes, fluorides, rinses, etc.)
  • Teeth polishing: Remove stain & plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing & scaling.

Good oral hygiene practices & periodontal cleanings are essential in maintaining dental health & keeping periodontal disease under control!