Periodontal maintenance is an integral part of your periodontal treatment to ward off the reemergence of gingivitis and periodontal disease. It is an ongoing therapy designed to prevent the disease from spreading to the unaffected gum and bone tissue supporting your teeth. For patients who have received periodontal treatment in Fort Walton Beach, FL, periodontal maintenance is highly recommended by Dr. J. Brent Bartruff.
Consistent upkeep with your periodontal maintenance will help to prevent additional oral health problems. This can mean saving teeth, staying healthy, and saving money! Call our office today to schedule your ongoing maintenance therapy.
Why is periodontal maintenance necessary?
Bacteria found in plaque are the culprit for gum disease. The accumulation of bacteria produces toxins, which encourages destruction of the bone that supports your teeth. In addition to the complications resulting from bacterial buildup, plaque that is not removed often hardens and becomes calculus, or tartar. The accumulation of tartar on the root surfaces and below the gum line compounds your existing periodontal problems.
Even patients who practice diligent homecare are unable to fully prevent the formation of calculus on the teeth that can lead to gingivitis and periodontal problems. Calculus forms as minerals in your saliva harden the plaque on your teeth. Plaque is continually forming, making it important to practice a good daily oral hygiene routine to remove the accumulation.
Visiting Dr. Bartruff on a regular basis is necessary to remove the calculus that has accumulated in between professional cleanings. Your maintenance cleaning is also important to assess the status of your gum disease. Dr. Bartruff will evaluate your periodontal pocket depths and help keep the disease in check, treating any gingivitis or active disease before it causes further damage.
How often do I need a maintenance visit?
Dr. Bartruff will recommend how often you should return for a maintenance cleaning. Your visit frequency will depend on the type of periodontal disease you have, the treatment you have received, and how well you responded to the treatment. Another important factor is the amount of diligence used in homecare.
Call Dr. Bartruff today to schedule a periodontal maintenance cleaning. We are here to offer you effective periodontal treatment in Fort Walton Beach, FL.