Once your periodontal treatment has been completed, your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend that you have regular maintenance cleanings (periodontal maintenance cleanings), usually starting, and often continuing, at a frequency of four times a year.  At these cleaning appointments, the pocket depths will be carefully checked.  Plaque and calculus that is difficult for you to remove on a daily basis will be removed from above and below the gum line.  Problem areas may be retreated and sometimes use of a locally-placed antibiotic is indicated.

In addition to your periodontal cleaning and evaluation, your appointment will include the following when you are due for a regular dental exam:

  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs) when taken: Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
  • Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
  • Examination for tooth decay: Check all tooth surfaces for decay.
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the lips, tongue, throat, cheek tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Oral hygiene recommendations: Review and recommend oral hygiene aids as needed. (Electric toothbrushes, special periodontal brushes, fluorides, rinses, etc.)
  • Teeth polishing and flossing: Remove stain, plaque, and debris that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

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

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