Periodontal Maintenance Care
Periodontal maintenance is a treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums and is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease. The benefits include:
- Plaque removal. Tartar (also referred to as calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can result in serious periodontal problems. Unfortunately, even with a proper home brushing and flossing routine, it can be impossible to remove all debris, bacteria and deposits from gum pockets. The experienced eye of a dentist or hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to remove potentially damaging buildup.
- Fresher breath. Bad breath (or halitosis) is generally indicative of advancing periodontal disease. A combination of rotting food particles (possibly below the gum line) and potential gangrene stemming from gum infection, results in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria at our facility can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.
We recommend that periodontal maintenance be performed twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be completed every 3-4 months for periodontitis sufferers. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but periodontal maintenance is one of the tools Drs. Chacker, Georgiadis and Lee can use to effectively halt its progression.