After the active phase of periodontal treatment has been completed, our doctor will provide each of our patients with a personalized maintenance program of care to keep the gums healthy. Periodontal maintenance is designed to prevent disease in the gum tissue and bone supporting your teeth.
Why is periodontal maintenance important? The main cause of gum disease is bacterial plaque: a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on the surface of the teeth. Unless this plaque is removed, it hardens into rough, porous deposits called calculus. Daily brushing and flossing will help to minimize the formation of calculus, but it won’t completely prevent it. No matter how careful you are in cleaning your teeth and gums, bacterial plaque can cause a recurrence of gum disease from two to four months after your last professional cleaning. Periodontal maintenance allows for the dentist to check for hidden problems and remove the hardened plaque at time intervals appropriate for you so that your teeth and gums stay healthy.
Your periodontal maintenance care visit may include:
Discussion of any changes in health
Examination of the oral tissues to check for any abnormal changes
Measurement of the depth of pockets around the teeth
Assessment of oral hygiene habits and provision of instruction