Maintenance

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 and tartar formation, but those hard to reach areas will always need special attention.

Once your periodontal treatment has been completed, your dentist and 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.  Plaque and calculus that is difficult for you to remove on a daily basis will be removed from above and below the gum line.

Caring For Your Teeth At Home

Professional periodontal treatment is an investment in the health of your mouth. Protect that investment by taking care of your mouth. Proper home care includes eating healthy, brushing and flossing, and seeing your dentist regularly. It also includes using any medications as directed.

Eating Healthy

Make nutritious meal choices. Keep these tips in mind:

  • Eat a variety of foods to get a broad range of vitamins and minerals. This will help keep your gums healthy.
  • If you find it difficult to maintain a well-balanced diet, a good nutritional supplement can help.

Brushing and Flossing

We will design a home care program of brushing and flossing for you. Follow your program carefully. Proper brushing and flossing will help prevent plaque from forming and gum disease form recurring.

Dental Visits

Regular maintenance visits include dental exams, x-rays, and professional cleanings. Remember to keep all of your dental appointments.

Know your risks

Certain risk factors can make periodontal disease worse by limiting your ability to fight infection. Others make it worse by lessening blood flow to the gums and other tissues. Even if you have only one of the risk factors listed below, you need to be extra committed to taking care of your teeth and gums.

  • Tobacco use (smoking or chewing)
  • Diabetes
  • Family and/or previous history of periodontal disease
  • Weakened immune system
  • Stress
  • Use of certain medications, such as oral contraceptives, steroids, blood pressure drugs, and cancer-fighting drugs.

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