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Maintenance

Periodontal disease cannot be cured, it can only be controlled. Daily oral home care helps control plaque and tartar formation, but those hard to reach areas will always need special attention. Harmful bacteria will repopulate some previously cleaned areas after only 12 weeks.

Once your periodontal treatment has been completed, we will recommend that you have regular maintenance cleanings (periodontal cleanings), or Recare appointments, usually four times a year.  At these Recare appointments, the pocket depths will be carefully checked, and  plaque and calculus removed from above and below the gum line.

In addition to scaling, root planing and reevaluation, your appointment will usually include:

  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Periodic check-up xrays essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.
  • 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 scaling.

In the majority of cases, good oral hygiene practices and periodontal cleanings are necessary to keep periodontal disease under control. Without proper follow-up and good oral hygiene, periodontal disease will recur!