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Systemic Effects of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Maintenance

The periodontal maintenance phase of treatment starts once active periodontal treatment of gum disease is complete. Regular cleanings recommended to you after those periodontal treatments are called periodontal maintenance therapy. Periodontal maintenance will be performed on a 3 month basis by your dentist or hygienist after gum disease has been treated. Research shows that 3 month recalls are necessary to maintain periodontal health following gum disease because it takes about 3 months for the bacteria to reoccur and start to cause destruction of the gingival tissue and bone. This procedure is for patients with a history of periodontal disease that need a deeper cleaning because of the previous destruction from periodontal disease resulting in deeper pockets than ones in a patient with healthy gums. This procedure is more complex than a normal cleaning as it removes plaque and calculus from both above and below the gum line. It has been proven in studies that if you follow through with your dentist’s recommended periodontal maintenance therapy you will do better than those that do not. Not continuing with maintenance therapy will result in periodontal disease progression that may lead to more aggressive periodontal treatment or tooth loss.