Our McDonald Dental clinics regularly schedule our patients for routine teeth cleaning. This is a common procedure which involves removing plaque from the surface of the teeth, debris from between teeth, and polishing them. This should be performed every six months. In some cases, however, a deep cleaning (often including periodontal maintenance) is needed.
Routine cleanings that are necessary for everyone and should not be confused with deeper cleanings that are necessary in the instance of gum disease. In the case of gum disease, a root scaling and planing procedure, or surgery, is needed to clear debris from pockets that form between the teeth and gums. These pockets are often seen where the gum has receded. After the root scaling and planing, periodontal maintenance is needed to keep the teeth and gums healthy in affected patients.
What Does Periodontal Maintenance Achieve?
Bacteria and other debris can become trapped deep in the gums, potentially resulting in inflammation, infection, and even tooth loss. For patients who have struggled with gum disease, periodontal maintenance administered regularly every three months clears this debris and prevents further damage. Biofilm, the buildup of bacteria in the gums and on the teeth, must be cleared every three months to prevent these harmful microorganisms from flourishing. Studies have shown significant benefits in terms of preserving teeth in our patients who receive periodontal maintenance.
Maintaining optimal gum health has long been documented by health organizations, including the American Academy of Periodontology, as vitally important to overall dental health, research that we use in our clinic. Periodontal maintenance prevents damage to the bones and gums, which are the foundation for the teeth, keeping them firmly in place and functioning properly.
Periodontal maintenance is an effective long-term strategy to prevent the progression of gum disease. In addition to the care you receive at our clinic, home care is just as important to keep your mouth healthy. This includes routine flossing and brushing, as well as lifestyle modifications like quitting nicotine use and dietary changes. Our dentists cover all these bases with patients when they come to our clinic.
Who Needs Periodontal Maintenance?
As mentioned previously, periodontal maintenance is necessary for many patients who have a history of gum disease. We provide this procedure to our patients with gum disease as part of a holistic practice of restoring healthy gums and teeth. Our dentists evaluate each of our patients carefully to determine whether periodontal maintenance is necessary. When you visit our clinic for periodontal maintenance, you can rest assured that the procedure is safe and effective. We prioritize our patients’ health and comfort as we seek solutions that will result in a healthy-looking and functioning smile.
When you visit our clinic, our dentists will confer with you to decide whether periodontal maintenance is right for you. We are always available to answer any questions you might have about your gum health. To keep your bright smile, let us help you preserve your teeth and gums in a clean, friendly environment. Call us, McDonald Dental at (346) 250-3575 to book your appointment today.