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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 (Perio Maintenance), usually four times a year. 

Perio Maintenance (D1110): If you have been diagnosed with active periodontal disease and have undergone Debridement and Scaling and Root Planing, your return visits will be scheduled more frequently than twice a year.  Typically, the hygienist will recommend that you return every 3-4 months for professional cleaning and polishing.  At these appointments, the hygienist will monitor the areas of your mouth that were diagnosed with active disease, and discuss your treatment progress and review your home care.  Your treatment will be designed specifically for your areas of active disease and to help you maintain good oral health.

 Our mission is to provide you with instruction and education in order for you to maintain optimal oral health.  Working together with you, this is a truly achievable goal.  If you have any questions about this information please ask us.

 

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

In addition to your periodontal cleaning and evaluation, your appointment will usually include:

  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): 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 of tooth decay: Check all tooth surfaces for decay.
  • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, 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: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

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