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Periodontal Maintenance

Did you know that plaque that isn’t removed from your teeth can harden into tartar in only 24 hours? Cleaning your teeth properly at home helps control plaque and the formation of tartar, but your teeth will always need dental attention in those difficult-to-reach areas.

After you’ve had successful periodontal treatment, your dentist and hygienist will suggest periodontal cleanings regularly, probably four times a year. During these cleaning appointments, the depth of pockets will be assessed to make sure your mouth remains healthy. In addition, tartar and plaque that are difficult for you to remove yourself will be cleaned away above and below the gum line.

Also, your appointment will include the following essential services:
  • Examinations of x-rays: X-rays are necessary for determining tooth and root positions and their health and are also used for the detection of bone loss, cysts, tumors and decay.
  • Examination of previous work: Existing restorations like crowns and fillings are checked.
  • Examination of decay: All tooth surfaces are examined carefully for tooth decay.
  • Oral cancer screening: Signs of oral cancer are looked for on the face and lips, tongue, throat and cheek tissues.
  • Oral hygiene recommendations: Additions or changes to your oral hygiene program will be suggested, such as fluorides, rinses, special periodontal brushes and electric toothbrushes.
  • Teeth polishing: Stains and plaque will be removed that have not been otherwise removed as part of scaling and tooth brushing.
Smart oral hygiene practices and frequent periodontal cleanings are necessary to maintain dental and overall health and keep periodontal disease under control.

To inquire about Periodontal maintenance, call (619) 640-5100 for a free consultation with Dr. Paige Woods, DDS.