Periodontal Maintenance

It only takes twenty four hours for plaque that is not removed from your teeth to turn into calculus (tartar)!  Daily home cleaning helps control plaque and tartar formation, but those 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 (periodontal cleanings), usually four times a year.  At these cleaning appointments, the pocket depths will be carefully checked to ensure that they are healthy.  Plaque and calculus that is difficult for you to remove on a daily basis will be removed from above and below the gum line.

In addition to your periodontal cleaning and evaluation, your appointment will usually include:

  • 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. (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 periodontal cleanings are essential in maintaining dental health and keeping periodontal disease under control!

What is periodontal maintenance?

At Woodland Hills Family Dentistry, we are committed to your oral health. While we recommend that most patients visit us at least once every six months, more frequent cleanings may be necessary based on individual situations. Most commonly, our dentists will recommend that you visit our office every three months if you suffer from the gum disease known as periodontitis. Unfortunately, this chronic disease cannot be cured—but it can be controlled.  After periodontitis is diagnosed, any type of active treatment would be ineffective without periodontal maintenance.

How can we control periodontitis?

While Dr. Yousefi and Dr. Raz cannot completely remove the bacteria that build up in your mouth, they can disturb it and prevent it from becoming a serious problem. Generally, it takes three months for the bacteria to begin to spread rapidly, necessitating more frequent cleanings. Periodontal maintenance is extremely important because patients who do not have thorough, frequent cleanings tend to lose at least twice as many teeth over the course of their life. Thorough oral hygiene habits are also necessary for controlling periodontitis. Our team will gladly teach you how to care for your smile if you are diagnosed with periodontitis. Please feel free to contact us today if you have any questions about the benefits of periodontal maintenance in Woodland Hills, California. We are eager to hear from you.