If you have any stage of gum disease, you should have a proper periodontal maintenance plan in place. At SmileCOS Dentistry, we work closely with all of our patients to ensure that they properly care for their teeth after a deep cleaning or scaling and root planing. The right periodontal maintenance plan can keep gum disease away, but neglecting your teeth even after a deep cleaning, can bring the gum disease right back.
Scaling and Root Planing
The first step in your periodontal maintenance plan is to have scaling and root planing performed. This deep cleaning gets beneath the gum line and cleans the roots of your teeth. The scaling portion of the procedure removes the bacteria and debris that accumulated beneath the gum line. The root planing refers to the smoothing process, we administer to the tooth’s roots to calm them down after the infection. Once our dentists complete this step, you have a bacteria, plaque, and tartar-free mouth, but now you have to keep it up, or the gum disease could return.
Deep Cleanings are Necessary
As a part of our periodontal maintenance plan, we offer deep cleanings. Unlike the standard prophylaxis, a deep cleaning goes beyond the surface of the teeth; it cleans the pockets that form in between the teeth and the gums. These pockets are where bacteria, tartar and plaque buildup and cause gum disease. A standard cleaning only cleans the top, front, and back surfaces of the teeth.
We offer deep cleanings more often than standard cleanings. You typically only need the surface of your teeth cleaned once every six months, as long as you properly care for your teeth in between these times. Because deep cleanings clear out the pockets, we recommend that our patients come in every three months to ensure a germfree mouth and to avoid the risk of the gum disease returning.
Routine Checkups are Necessary Too
Along with regular deep cleanings, we recommend regular dental checkups to ensure that your gum disease did not come back. Typically, our dentists can examine your mouth themselves, but sometimes we need x-rays to see beyond what the naked eye can see. The x-rays can identify any inflammation, bone loss, or decay that we were unable to see upon visual exam.
Your Part in Periodontal Maintenance
You play a vital role in your periodontal maintenance. Once we finish the scaling and root planing, you need to keep your mouth in good condition. This means keeping it germfree by brushing and flossing at least twice a day. We may also prescribe you a special mouthwash that will help kill the germs in your mouth that can cause gum disease.
If you have gum disease or worry about your risk of getting it, call SmileCOS Dentistry at (719) 632-6001. Our staff will talk to you about your oral health and describe how we can help you restore it for you. Deep cleanings and periodontal maintenance are one of our specialties, and we look forward to helping you.