It only takes twenty four hours for plaque that is not removed from your teeth to turn into
calculus (tartar)! Daily home cleaning helps control plaque and tartar formation, but those hard to reach
areas will always need special attention.
Once your periodontal treatment has been completed, your dentist and dental hygienist will
recommend that you have regular maintenance cleanings (periodontal cleanings), usually four times a
year. At these cleaning appointments, the pocket depths will be carefully checked to ensure that they are
healthy. Plaque and calculus that is difficult for you to remove on a daily basis will be removed from above
and below the gum line.
In addition to your periodontal cleaning and evaluation, your appointment will usually
Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for
detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns,
Examination of tooth decay: Check all tooth surfaces for
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 brushing and scaling.
Good oral hygiene practices and periodontal cleanings are essential in maintaining dental
health and keeping periodontal disease under control!