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Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal maintenance, as complex as it may sound it is far from it. Periodontal maintenance is known simply as ‘teeth cleaning’ to many, but it is the thorough washing, scouring, and cleansing of the teeth and gums. With that said, it is quite common to have patients confuse periodontal maintenance with what is automatically perceived as a ‘regular cleaning’ check up. It is easy to muddle the two and this is why our professionals at Singing River Dentistry work with you to understand clearly what periodontal maintenance is and how you can benefit greatly from the simple procedure.

Understanding What It Is And How it Works.

Periodontal maintenance is a necessary treatment that assists in the prevention of periodontal disease. Such a disease, along with gingivitis, can occur when bacteria, caused by plaque, is trapped and forms on the gum tissue, above either the upper or lower gum line in the mouth. This bacteria buildup can further cause inflammation that can become chronic if serious. As a defense mechanism, this triggers the body to react by eradicating the inflamed gum, potentially weakening bone tissue along the way. This can cause teeth misplacement, making them weak and unstable, by which they can fall out. This further deepens the pockets between the teeth and gum, allowing for the open space to be further prone to more bacteria which can then travel throughout the bloodstream, potentially infecting other areas of the body.

As serious as such a case can be, this is why it is important to have periodontal maintenance done on our teeth and gums. It is an effective procedure to help maintain a good, healthy oral and bone cavity to prevent gum disease.

A complete procedure, which is usually followed by a periodontal therapy session and evaluation, includes the removal of the plaque and tartar along the gum, accompanied by polishing the rough areas around the roots. Pocket depths should be attentively monitored if no immediate danger arises. Maintenance is expected to be performed at least every 3 to 4 months, depending on the person, their plaque or tartar buildup, the state of their inflammation, or how well they maintain a healthy routine of their teeth and gums.

Further Benefits of Getting Periodontal Maintenance

Constant periodontal maintenance can lead to the elimination of unwelcomed yellow teeth stains and can help restore them back to its original healthy state. Getting rid of periodontal disease also means eradicating persistent bad breath or halitosis. Many people fall victim to halitosis from either rotting food lodged between the gums or from gum and periodontal infections. Also, the link between chronic inflammation in the gumline and diabetes and heart disease is ever prevalent. Upkeeping regular maintenance can possibly lessen the chances of such illnesses.

With all the benefits present before you, we encourage you to contact our office at Singing River Dentistry and give us a quick call at 256-712-3549 on how we can assist with your next cleaning. Or if you prefer, consult with one of the experts here to learn even more about regular periodontal maintenance cleaning. Gum disease may not be irreversible, so, let’s see how we can protect your teeth and gums against the threat of this horrid ailment with periodontal maintenance.
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