Periodontal disease is a chronic disease that needs to be closely monitored and maintained to prevent future damage. Following periodontal therapy, periodontal maintenance cleanings will be recommended every 3-4 months by your dentist and dental hygienist. A thorough periodontal evaluation of your pocket depths, bone levels, and gum line will be performed as well as the removal of plaque, calculus, and stain.
In addition to the removal of plaque and calculus, your Periodontal Maintenance will also include:
- Examination of x-rays: required to diagnose decay, bone loss, growths, cysts, etc.
- Examination of existing restorations: evaluate condition of current fillings and crowns.
- Examination of tooth decay: evaluate each tooth for signs of decay.
- Oral cancer screening: evaluate the face, neck, lips, oral cavity, and throat for cancerous lesions.
- Oral hygiene recommendations: evaluate current home care habits and recommend new oral hygiene aides as needed (electric toothbrush, floss holder, mouth rinse, etc.).
- Teeth polishing: remove stain and plaque on the outer surface of the teeth.
As a periodontal maintenance patient, it is imperative to maintain consistent cleaning appointments and to practice proper home care to keep periodontal disease under control.