Maintenance

It only takes 12-48 hours for plaque that is not removed from your teeth to turn into calculus!  Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing before bed helps control plaque and calculus formation, but hard to reach areas will always need special attention.

 

Once your periodontal treatment has been completed, your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend that you have regular maintenance cleanings.  The usual recommendation is to have these cleaning four times a year (every three months).  At these cleaning appointments, the sulcus depths will be measured to ensure they are stable and healthy.

 

In addition to your cleaning and examination, your maintenance appointments will include:

           

Examination of Diagnostic X-raysThese are essential for detection of all types of oral pathology including decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.

 

Oral Cancer Screening – The doctor will check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, gums, and x-rays for any signs of oral cancer.

 

Tooth Decay Examination – All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay and diagnosed for restorative procedures in conjunction with dental x-rays.

 

Existing Restoration Examination – We will examine any existing fillings, crowns, dentures, or any other restorations you may have for functionality and esthetics.

 

Oral Hygiene Recommendations – Review proper technique and materials used for oral hygiene.  Recommendations on hygiene aids as needed (electric toothbrush, special periodontal brushes, fluorides, mouth rinses, etc.)

 

Teeth Polishing – Polishing the teeth removes staining that is otherwise not removed during brushing and scaling.