What is Periodontal Maintenance?

Do you wonder “What is the difference between a regular cleaning and periodontal maintenance?” These two procedures are quite different and are performed for different reasons. Periodontal Disease is a condition, meaning that it cannot be completely cured, but it can be controlled.

A regular cleaning involves removing plaque and tartar on the tooth above the gum and around the gum line. This procedure is a preventative and a maintenance measure performed on healthy teeth and gums.

Periodontal maintenance appointments involve removing the tartar from above and below the gum line with a non-surgical approach. These cleanings are to get the disease under control and disrupt the growth of bacteria, which doubles every 30 to 90 days.

Why do you need Perio Maintenance?

Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease) is the #1 cause of adult tooth loss in the U.S., affecting 75% of American adults. If periodontal disease is left untreated it can cause significant damage to the bone, gums and tissue that support your teeth. There is also a risk for heart and lung diseases.

There are some symptoms that will help your dental professional determine if you have periodontal disease, including:

  • Bleeding gums or keratinized (tough) gums
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Gums that are tender to the touch
  • Tooth loss
  • Bad breath

At Perfect Smiles, our hygienists can assess your tissue for periodontal disease by performing a quick exam to measure the size and depth of the pockets in the gums. If determined that you have gum disease, your dentist or hygienist will likely suggest a periodontal therapy appointment.

If periodontal disease is not closely monitored and controlled, the disease can quickly worsen, destroy bone and soft tissue, and eventually cause tooth loss. It is important to maintain your oral hygiene with brushing 2-3 times daily, flossing daily, and keeping your recommended recall appointments.

If you have any questions about why you received periodontal maintenance or if you are showing signs and symptoms of periodontal disease, please give Perfect Smiles a call at 508-252-0909.

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