It only takes twenty-four hours for plaque to turn into tartar. That is why regular (at least twice a day) brushing is so important. This will help you control plaque and tartar formation, but there are always some areas that are hard to reach and may need some special attention.

Once your periodontal treatment has been completed, we will work with you to make sure you understand the importance of regular maintenance cleanings (periodontal cleanings). This can happen upwards of four times a year, depending on your situation.

At these cleaning appointments, we will check the pocket depths to ensure they are healthy. We will also remove the plaque and calculus that is normally really hard for people to remove at home, including the areas above and below the gum line.

These maintenance visits will include a periodontal cleaning and evaluation, as well as:

  • X-rays: This is essential to detect decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. It will also help us determine tooth and root positions.
  • Checking for tooth decay: We’ll check all of the tooth surfaces for signs of decay.
  • Checking existing restorations: This will make sure your current fillings, crowns, etc., are still in good shape and not harboring any plaque.
  • Oral cancer screening: This exam involves checking the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, cheek tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Teeth polishing: We will remove the stains and plaque that resisted during tooth brushing and scaling.
  • Dental hygiene recommendations: We will review and recommend oral hygiene aids that can help with your ongoing dental maintenance.

Good oral hygiene practices and periodontal cleanings are an essential part of maintaining your dental health and keeping periodontal disease under control. Contact us today to set up your next appointment and make sure everything is healing like we want.

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