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Once your periodontal treatment is complete, it’s crucial to maintain regular dental cleanings to prevent plaque and tartar buildup. Your dentist and dental hygienist will likely recommend maintenance cleanings, typically scheduled four times a year.

During these appointments, the depth of the pockets will be carefully checked to ensure they remain healthy. Plaque and calculus that are difficult to remove with daily oral hygiene practices will be thoroughly cleaned from above and below the gum line.

Periodontal Maintenance

Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.

Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.

Examination of tooth decay: Check all tooth surfaces for decay.

Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, cheek tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.

Oral hygiene recommendations: Review and recommend oral hygiene aids as needed (such as electric toothbrushes, special periodontal brushes, fluorides, rinses, etc.).

Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

Good oral hygiene practices and regular periodontal cleanings are essential for maintaining dental health and controlling periodontal diseases.