What is Periodontal Maintenance?

Periodontal maintenance is a type of dental cleaning done every three to four months following a deep cleaning. This type of cleaning involves cleaning your teeth more thoroughly than a routine cleaning. It also helps in preventing and slowing the progression or spread of Periodontal disease.

In periodontal disease, plaque-causing bacteria populate the gum tissues, causing gum infection and periodontitis. The colonies irritate and inflame the body, resulting in an inflammatory response. As a result, the body begins to destroy bone and gum tissue, triggering tooth loss, instability, or shifting. This causes deeper pockets between the teeth and gums to form, allowing more bacteria to accrue within the pockets. The bacteria spread through the bloodstream, infecting other parts of the body.

Fortunately, periodontal disease can be avoided with routine periodontal maintenance as well as tooth brushing and flossing, as mentioned above. So, to avoid this disease, gum infection, and other health problems, you should first practice good overall oral hygiene.

What Are Other Factors That Contribute to Periodontal Disease?

  • Use of tobacco products
  • Use of recreational drugs
  • Poor nutrition
  • Certain medications
  • Poor immune system caused by HIV, cancer treatment, etc.
  • Certain diseases, including Crohn’s disease, diabetes, etc.
  • Obesity
  • Changes in hormone, such as during menopause and pregnancy

Why is Regular Periodontal Maintenance Essential?

Periodontal maintenance is performed by Dr. Paswaters’ dental hygienist, and is essential for removal of tartar and plaque buildup, improving tooth appearance, and freshening breath. This significantly reduces tooth loss and periodontal disease, especially in middle-aged adults. It is also useful in detecting a variety of health issues, such as oral cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, and heart disease, to name a few.

What Does Periodontal Maintenance Involve?

Above Gum-Line Cleaning: Dr. Paswaters’ dental hygienist will thoroughly clean the area above your gum line to remove calculus as well as plaque. In this stage, scaling tools are typically used.

Below Gum-Line Cleaning: This is a critical stage for the majority of periodontal disease patients. It entails extracting microbes and calculus from beneath your gum pockets as well as from the gum line.

Root Planing Procedure: During this stage, Dr. Paswaters’ dental hygienist will smooth the tooth root to expel bacteria. Because these are considered dangerous bacteria, her top priority will be to eliminate them.

X-rays and Oral Exams: Routine x-rays allow Dr. Paswaters to monitor gum progression and bone breakdown.

How Often Should You Have Periodontal Maintenance?

Periodontal maintenance should be done at least three times a year, by visiting Dr. Paswaters’ dental hygienist. Eliminating bacteria just below the gum line on a regular basis can help limit an inflammatory response. Though periodontal diseases cannot be completely cured, oral hygiene maintenance can help slow its progression. Tooth brushing and flossing, in between visits, is critical for reducing bacteria, tartar, and plaque buildup.

Schedule a Visit

As previously stated, periodontal maintenance, in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle, is critical to your overall oral health and prevention of periodontal diseases. It will help to maintain your gums and teeth, in addition to other parts of your body. So, contact Emerald Dental today, in Lakewood Colorado to schedule an appointment with Dr. Paswaters’ highly skilled dental hygienist.