Periodontal maintenance is a different cleaning than a regular cleaning and is utilized for patients who have had active periodontal disease and treatment. It is a fundamental part of the gum disease treatment. Periodontal maintenance cleanings take care of your roots, gums and the tissues affected by your periodontal disease.
The objective is to maintain the tissues healthy to sustain the results obtained during the first stage of treatment which is the deep cleanings (scaling and root planing). Periodontal maintenance cleanings are recommended with a frequency determined by your dentist.
Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums, which gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. There are numerous disease entities requiring different treatment approaches. Dental plaque and calculus, as well as how your immune system reacts to it, is the primary cause of gum disease in genetically susceptible individuals. Daily brushing and flossing will prevent most periodontal conditions.
Why is oral hygiene so important?
Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases, (periodontal disease) than from cavities. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by good tooth brushing and flossing techniques, performed daily.
Periodontal diseases can be accelerated by a number of different factors. However, it is mainly caused by the bacteria found in dental plaque, a sticky colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. If not carefully removed by daily brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (or tartar).
Other important factors affecting the health of your gums include:
- Poor nutrition