If you have been diagnosed with and treated for periodontal (gum) disease, regularly-scheduled supportive therapy is vitally important to your success in management of disease progression. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, “Following a course of active periodontal treatment and periodic ongoing care at regularly-prescribed intervals is essential. Because periodontal disease or infection can recur, continuous maintenance is absolutely necessary in order to prevent this periodontal infection from becoming active once again and from destroying what healing has occurred.”
The following treatment is included in your periodontal maintenance appointment:
- Evaluation of oral health to detect subtle signs of disease recurrence
- Appropriate debridement of teeth and gums (professional cleaning and polishing)
- Antimicrobial therapy to destroy difficult-to-reach bacteria, as deemed necessary by your dentist
- Evaluation of home-care regimes and aids
- Oral health evaluation, including oral cancer screening, necessary dental X-rays, and decay detection
- Recommendations based on individual needs, as a result of medical and dental history reviews
Scientific studies support the belief of experts that the most important aspect of periodontal treatment is long-term maintenance therapy. Individuals vary in their response to periodontal disease, and resistance to the disease varies at different times of life. When periodontal disease recurs following treatment, it may do so without signs or symptoms to the patient. Dr. May, Dr. Cacho, and their team of periodontal therapists are well trained in recognizing the very subtle signs that may signal detrimental changes. Ask your hygienist what interval of care would be in your best interest for lifelong oral health.
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