Periodontal Maintenance (Teeth Cleaning)

A dental periodontal maintenance s is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. Periodontal maintenance is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease. 

Periodontal Maintenance is most commonly done every 3 months at both the periodontists office and your dentists if you have had any treatment for periodontal disease. 

Commonly even if you have been having your teeth “cleaned” every 6 months you develop periodontal disease, to protect you from the disease returning we recommend more frequent periodontal maintenance visits of very 3-4 months.

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Periodontal Maintenance is an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity in proper health and halting the progression of gum disease. The benefits include:

  • Plaque removal. Tartar (also referred to as calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can result in serious periodontal problems. Unfortunately, even with a proper home brushing and flossing routine, it can be impossible to remove all debris, bacteria and deposits from gum pockets. The experienced eye of a dentist or hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to catch potentially damaging buildup.
  • A healthier looking smile. Stained and yellowed teeth can dramatically decrease the esthetics of a smile. Prophylaxis is an effective treatment in ridding the teeth of these unsightly stains.
  • Fresher breath. Bad breath (or halitosis) is generally indicative of advancing periodontal disease. A combination of rotting food particles (possibly below the gum line) and potential gangrene stemming from gum infection, results in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria at our facility can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.

Periodontal Maintenance  can be performed at our office or by your general dentist. It may be beneficial to have your periodontal maintenance done by Dr. Baldassarre, who is more familiar with the full scope of your periodontal disease. If you have never had periodontal disease, we recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually as a preventative measure. 

IF you have or have had periodontal disease then you should be having a periodontal maintenance which  should be completed every 3-4 months for periodontitis sufferers. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but periodontal maintenance is one of the tools Dr. Baldassarre can use to effectively keep it arrested.