Periodontal maintenance is a continuous program designed to slow the progression of periodontal disease (gums) in the tissue and bone of the gum that protects the teeth. Periodontal maintenance therapy is normally required for patients who have been treated for periodontal disease.
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About gum diseases
Gum disease is caused by the bacteria present in the dental plaque. The toxins produced by these bacteria affect the bone that supports the teeth. If plaque is not removed, it can harden and form calculi (tartar) that may exacerbate the periodontal problem.
Even people who have excellent oral hygiene are unable to completely curb the formation of tartar on the teeth. These forms when the minerals in the saliva harden or calcify the plaque on the teeth. Soft and sticky, the plaque is formed continuously. Therefore, daily use of the toothbrush and floss is important to remove plaque before it solidifies into tartar.
The importance of the treatment
Even if daily dental care reduces the formation of tartar, regular professional maintenance is necessary to get rid of the accumulation. During a periodontal maintenance cleaning, the dental hygienist will evaluate and record the depth of the periodontal pockets and check the condition of your periodontium.
These periodontal maintenance visits in the dentist can help avoid potential dental problems, such as greater bone or tooth loss. Treatment of the disease at an early stage can help you avoid oral and general health problems. Several studies have demonstrated links between gum disease and heart disease, respiratory diseases, diabetes control and premature births.
Frequency of visits
Your dentist will recommend a frequency of visits for your periodontal maintenance. This will depend mainly on your general health, whether medication is taken, the type of treatments you received, how you responded to these treatments, and how quickly plaque builds up in your mouth. However, the most key factor remains the care you take to your dental hygiene at home.