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 periodontal maintenance cleanings (periodontal cleanings), usually 3-4 times a year.  At these maintenance 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.

Once you have had periodontal therapy treatment a "regular" cleaning will no longer be sufficient to maintain your oral health. A prophylactic "regular" cleaning is done in order to PREVENT disease.  Periodontal maintenance appointments are performed to maintain and treat any areas that may start to show signs of active infection again. 

Good oral hygiene practices and regular periodontal maintenance cleanings are essential in maintaining dental health and keeping periodontal disease under control!


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