Periodontal Maintenance – What is it?
Gum disease, more formally called periodontal disease, occurs when your gums become inflamed with bacteria and begin to recede. The first stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, can be reversed with periodontal maintenance. This maintenance includes in-depth cleanings occurring every few months. An important thing to note is that periodontal maintenance is not the same as receiving a regular dental cleaning. So, happens during periodontal maintenance? Let’s talk about it.
Common Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is broken into two stages. As mentioned above, the first stage is called gingivitis, which can be reversed with periodontal maintenance.
Gingivitis begins when bacteria and sugars from foods and drinks collect around your gum line. The bacteria then irritates the gums causing them to swell, appear red, and start bleeding. If not treated with periodontal maintenance, the bacteria makes its way between the gums and the tooth, separating them from each other and forming a pocket. Once the pocket between the gum and the tooth reaches four millimeters, Dr. Scott or Dr. Dalia may recommend periodontal treatment.
Dr. Scott or Dr. Dalia from Lakeview Dental Arts will probably recommend periodontal maintenance for three to four times per year. Note, this is more often than the recommended dental cleaning of 2 times per year. During your periodontal maintenance appointment, the Lakeview Dental Arts team will remove plaque and tarter through scaling and root planning. They will scrape the bacteria around the tooth and inside the pockets. Then, they will irrigate the area with an antimicrobial mouth rinse to avoid infection.
Regular periodontal maintenance gives the Lakeview Dental Arts team a chance to help you maintain a healthy smile and monitor the progress of your treatments. For more information about how periodontal maintenance can improve the health of your smile or to plan your next visit at our Chicago, Illinois dental office, call us today!