Periodontal Maintenance

Because it takes only 24 hours for dental plaque that has not been removed from the teeth to turn into calculus (tartar), daily, home oral care is critical to minimize tartar formation. But even with consistent teeth cleaning and oral care, those hard to reach areas may demand the special attention of one our Peoria dentists.

After your periodontal treatment is complete, your dentist may suggest that you pursue regular maintenance cleanings or periodontal cleanings. These maintenance cleanings typically take place four times a year and involve an evaluation of the pocket depths to ensure that they are at a healthy level. Additionally, plaque build-up and calculus that is hard to remove will also be removed from the gum line during this procedure.

Also as part of your standard periodontal cleaning and evaluation, your visit will typically include:

  • Diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Critical for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. Diagnostic dental X-rays also help check the tooth and root positions.
  • Evaluation of existing restorations: Screen for current fillings, crowns, etc.
  • Evaluation of tooth decay: Examine tooth surfaces for decay.
  • Oral cancer testing: Evaluate the facial and oral areas, including gums, for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Recommendations for oral hygiene: Review and suggest oral hygiene aids as they may be needed.
  • Professional teeth polishing: Extract stains and plaque that is unable to be removed during standard tooth brushing and scaling.

Practicing good oral hygiene and having frequent periodontal cleanings are critical to sustain optimum oral health while avoiding any risks of periodontal disease.