Posted on 6/20/2016 by Implant & Periodontal Associates NW
Periodontal maintenance is an ongoing program that is designed to prevent gum disease progression. Typically, periodontal maintenance is recommended for patients who have shown signs of gum disease, and there are a variety of great benefits to pursuing this therapy.
Why Periodontal Maintenance is So Important
Gum disease develops due to the bacteria that accumulate on your teeth in the form of plaque. If not removed, plaque can harder to form tartar, and even if you are dedicated to maintaining a good oral hygiene routine, you will still develop some tartar deposits. Fortunately, regular periodontal maintenance can allow your hygienist to remove the deposits while evaluating your overall oral health.
Benefits of Periodontal Maintenance
There are a variety of great reasons to ensure that you hare having regular periodontal maintenance:
Removal of tartar. The buildup of plaque and tartar can cause serious gum problems if not treated. Even with the best home brushing and flossing techniques, it can be impossible to remove all of the deposits, bacteria, and debris from the gum pockets, but your dentist can use special equipment to identify and remove these buildups.
Identifying health issues. Your dentist is often the first person to notice certain health issues, including oral cancer, the risk of gum disease, and medical problems like diabetes.
Better breath. Chronic bad breath is often a sign of gum disease, as rotting food and bacteria may be accumulating below the gum line. By ensuring that bacteria, calculus, and plaque are removed, you will experience better breath.
Aesthetics. It is difficult to feel confident about your smile when it is full of stained, yellow teeth or receding gums. Periodontal maintenance can improve the appearance of your smile, allowing you to feel confident in it once again.
If it's time for you to schedule your dental cleaning or periodontal maintenance, contact our office to set up an appointment.