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Periodontal Maintenance: What is it and Why it’s Important?

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Periodontal disease is a condition that affects the tissues and bones that support your teeth. It occurs when plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, isn’t removed from your teeth and turns into calculus, also known as tartar. Tartar can only be removed with professional cleaning. Plaque and tartar irritate your gums and make them more susceptible to infection.

As periodontal disease progresses, the gums pull away from your teeth and form spaces called pockets. These pockets fill with plaque and calculus. The deeper the pockets, the more difficult they are to clean. Bacteria continue to grow and cause more damage.

That said, today, let’s explore periodontal maintenance and why it’s so important for your oral health. Here’s what you need to know:

Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal maintenance is the professional cleaning of teeth above the gum line. It is recommended to have this done every three to six months, depending on your individual needs. Plaque and tartar can build up on teeth, even with good at-home oral hygiene, so regular professional cleanings are essential.

Of course, this type of dental care differs from regular teeth cleaning, which only cleans the teeth below the gum line. During a periodontal maintenance cleaning, your dentist or hygienist will use special instruments to remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. They will also thoroughly clean the surfaces of your teeth.

A periodontal maintenance cleaning is important for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Plaque and tartar can lead to gum disease, which can cause tooth loss. Regular professional cleanings can help prevent gum disease and keep your smile healthy.

The Benefits

Periodontal maintenance helps to cleanse the teeth and gums and remove any plaque and tartar buildup. This procedure is essential for oral health and can help prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath. 

Improved Oral Health

By removing plaque and tartar and cleansing the teeth and gums, periodontal maintenance can help to improve overall oral health. This can lead to fewer cavities and less gum disease.

Prevention of Gum Disease

Gum disease is a severe condition that can lead to tooth loss. Periodontal maintenance can help to remove the bacteria that cause gum disease and can also help to stimulate the growth of new gum tissue.

Better Breath

Plaque and tartar can cause bad breath. Periodontal maintenance can help improve your breath’s smell by removing these substances.

Improved Appearance

Plaque and tartar can make your teeth look yellow and stained. Periodontal maintenance can help remove these substances, leaving your teeth looking brighter and more attractive.

If you are interested in improving your oral health, and preventing gum disease and tooth decay, consider undergoing periodontal maintenance. This procedure can provide many benefits and help you enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile.

The Bottom Line

Periodontal maintenance is often for patients who have a history of gum disease. But in reality, it’s important for everyone. Typically it’s performed every three to six months, and patients who have this procedure performed more frequently may experience less gum disease and fewer tooth problems.

If you are looking for a safe and reliable dental clinic, we can help you! We at Danvers Aesthetic Family Dentistry offer a wide range of dental and cosmetic dentistry services. Our goal is to improve your oral health and aesthetics. Contact us today to learn more. Book an appointment online now! 

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