Gum disease isn’t a one-time fight. It’s an ongoing battle that requires attention to detail. What some dental patients fall into is going through with initial gum disease treatments, but neglecting the ongoing care program. While this can remove the initial cause of the infection, it won’t keep gum disease from progressing or reversing itself. A dedicated, therapeutic program with your dentist and hygienist can change that.
A high quality periodontal therapy routine consists of periodontal maintenance cleanings every 3 to 4 months following your initial gum treatment. Some patients have these appointments completed at their regular dental office, while others alternate them with a periodontist between their regular cleaning appointments. The important step is that hard-to-reach bacteria is removed more frequently than normal.
Deep gum pockets around the teeth are difficult if not impossible to clean on your own. That means even a small amount of plaque biofilm can cause infection to return. Your hygienist is equipped with the skills and instruments needed to gently remove these bacteria so that no more attachment loss or bone destruction can take place. If necessary, medications may be placed directly into your gum pockets for areas of more severe infection.
Successful periodontal disease treatment will eliminate all signs of bleeding and swelling, and will also allow gum tissues to re-attach to the surface of your teeth!
The right periodontal therapy program can help you reverse your gum infection and keep it from returning. Investing in initial periodontal therapies, like scaling and root planing, but neglecting the follow up treatments will only allow gum disease to progress. Don’t lose your teeth to gum disease. See your dentist every 3 to 4 months to keep your mouth disease free!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center
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