Our dentist at Carlston Dental Group will recommend periodontal maintenance during routine dental visits. Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues and bones that hold your teeth in place, which can occur due to various risk factors. Bacteria in plaque form at the gum line and settle into the small pockets between your teeth and gums that form tartar. As the tartar builds up along the gum line, bacteria irritate the gum tissue, creating gum recession and loose teeth. Sometimes, the bacteria can become severe enough to destroy the soft tissue and bone supporting your tooth. When this occurs, the tooth becomes highly loose and may even fall out or require extraction. Periodontal maintenance therapy provides early detection and treatment, allowing you to keep your teeth for as long as possible and avoid additional therapies.
When Is Periodontal Maintenance Recommended?
Patients with gum disease are recommended to undergo periodontal maintenance to remove plaque and calculus, as well as scaling and root planing. These treatments remove bacterial toxins from the gum pockets and prevent the progression of periodontitis. Ideally, patients should undergo periodontal maintenance every three months following a comprehensive periodontal treatment plan. However, every patient’s case is unique. Depending on your needs, your dentist may recommend treatment more often or less often. Our dentist recommends having your teeth professionally cleaned every six months to maintain good oral health and prevent certain diseases. Patients who have undergone this treatment have reported less bleeding during brushing and flossing and reducing signs and symptoms of gingivitis. Additionally, this procedure can reduce the number of microbes in the mouth, which helps protect the teeth against infection.
The Benefits of Periodontal Maintenance
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and, in its earliest stages, may not present any symptoms at all. That is why coming in for your regular dental checkups is important, even if you don’t notice anything wrong. With early detection and treatment, you can keep your smile healthy and avoid uncomfortable and costly complications. During your dental cleanings, we thoroughly remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth, essential for preventing gum disease. We also perform a thorough oral cancer screening and exam to ensure the continued health of your smile. We will then work with you on creating a personalized treatment plan to keep your gums healthy for a long life of smiles! Your teeth will be stronger and healthier with a lower risk of decay.
If you suffer from gum disease symptoms, such as bad breath, redness of the gums, sensitive teeth, swollen gums, bad breath, or loose teeth, please get in touch with Carlston Dental Group at 2472 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064 or call (310) 838-0844 to schedule your consultation.