Periodontal maintenance is an ongoing service Dr. Haynes provides to help you prevent periodontal disease in the gum tissue and bone. Periodontal maintenance is usually necessary for patients who are susceptible to periodontal disease or who have been treated for gum disease. Maintenance visits to the periodontist will help prevent additional dental problems in the future. Most importantly, preventing disease and treating it in its early stages keeps you healthy but also saves you money!
Why should I care about periodontal maintenance?Gum disease is caused by the bacteria found in plaque. The toxins produced by the bacteria attack your gums and teeth. If the plaque is not removed, it will harden and form calculus. Even someone dedicated to good oral hygiene will be unable to completely prevent the formation of calculus on the teeth. Flossing and brushing will keep the calculus to a minimum but regular, professional maintenance is needed to remove what has been missed. During your maintenance cleaning, the hygienist will also check for hidden periodontal problems.
How often should I visit your office for periodontal maintenance?Dr. Haynes will recommend how often you should have a periodontal maintenance visit. The frequency will be determined by the type of periodontal disease you have, the type of periodontal treatment you have had in the past, how you've responded to those treatments, and how quickly you develop plaque. Of course, the most important factor is how dedicated you are to oral hygiene at home.