After being treated for periodontal disease, Drs. Angela Rasmussen and Amanda del Cueto of Gentle Dentistry recommend that patients enter a program of preventive maintenance therapy to ward off further infection and damage. Periodontal maintenance is distinguished from routine dental cleanings in the care treatment plan, so it is important you understand how they differ!
A healthy mouth cleaning, or prophy as dental professionals know it, is your first line of defense against gum disease and tooth decay. Scheduling regular cleanings every six months helps prevent any buildup that could cause issues down the road!
Periodontal maintenance is crucial in preventing the progression and potentially reversing gum disease. As a patient who has already undergone scaling and root planing (a deep cleaning designed for Tampa, Florida patients with periodontal disease), regular periodontal cleanings at intervals of three to four months can help control your condition over time.
UNDERSTANDING PERIODONTAL MAINTENANCE CLEANINGS
A periodontal maintenance cleaning is your dental hygienist’s way of tidying up the gumline by removing plaque and bacterial buildup that has built up over time. Believe it or not, soft, sticky plaque can transform into calculus in just 12 days!
There are several benefits to regular periodontal maintenance cleaning, including:
- Removal of plaque and calculus
- Fresher breath
- A healthier-looking and feeling smile
WHAT ARE SOME WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR ORAL HEALTH?
Our philosophy at Gentle Dentistry is to help you enjoy complete overall health in connection with your smile. We are now offering:
- Salivary diagnostics
- Genetic testing
- Oxygen Therapy
- Oral probiotics
CAN GUM DISEASE BE CURED?
Periodontal therapy is a critical step toward improving your oral health. However, it is essential to remember that periodontal disease cannot be cured, much like diabetes or other chronic conditions. Regular maintenance appointments are vital for managing and maintaining optimal dental wellness. Without these check-ups, you risk further gum loss, inflammation in the mouth (and beyond), and even increased bone damage! To safeguard against this, Drs. Angela Rasmussen and Amanda del Cueto of Gentle Dentistry will create an individualized schedule of visits specifically tailored to your needs so you can enjoy the long-term benefits of a healthy and beautiful smile!
LEARN MORE ABOUT PERIODONTAL TREATMENT AT GENTLE DENTISTRY
Tampa, FL, area patients who are ready to learn more about periodontal maintenance procedures and other conditions that can affect the smile are encouraged to call (813) 734-7102 to request an appointment.