After Gum Disease: Maintaining Your Smile
Gum disease is a serious oral health issue that can have major consequences on your oral health, and the appearance of your smile. Diagnosing and treating gum disease as soon as possible is important for stopping gum disease in its tracks, giving your mouth the chance to heal. At Noreen Goldwire, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we can provide you with the treatment you need, and follow up with you after treatment to help ensure that your treatment is effective.
There are two types of regular cleanings- the prophy and the periodontal maintenance. Prophies are for patients who do not have periodontal disease and whose dental cleanings do not need instrumentation of deep or diseased pockets. Periodontal maintenance is the same cleaning as the prophy plus additional deep instrumentation of deeper or diseased pockets. Periodontal maintenance is the cleaning you would be scheduled for after a diagnosis of periodontal disease and after initial scaling and root planing. Periodontal maintenance is usually recommended usually at a shorter interval than a prophy as there are pockets that are inaccessible to a toothbrush and floss and thus are more likely to get more pathogenic flora as we get to the three month mark after the last cleaning. At every visit, we assess the buildup on your teeth and examine the condition of your gums. We may also take X-rays to check on the condition of the supporting structures of your teeth. We then thoroughly clean your teeth.
The frequency of periodontal maintenance visits varies based on your specific situation and needs. There are some people who need to have periodontal maintenance as often as every two months. Others, however, can go as long as six months between visits.
Benefits of Periodontal Maintenance
There are several benefits of a prophy or periodontal maintenance.
Keeping your Teeth and Gums Clean and Healthy
Maintaining your oral health involves a good oral hygiene routine. We will customize an oral hygiene plan for you that addresses your unique needs.
While periodontal maintenance helps to put a stop to the progression of potentially devastating periodontal disease, it is not a cure. If you do not take proper care of your mouth after treatment or fail to get regular periodontal maintenance cleanings, gum disease can come back. If you have any questions about what to expect, call Noreen Goldwire, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to learn more today at (425) 230-4510.